Originally Posted by edinatlanta
Fucking love me some postseason baseball.
Not sure who the sox think will be better than francona. He's not to blame for their collapse. Oh well that's what happens with clubs like that
It is being written that the owners or at least 1 of the Red Sox owners (john Henry) wanted Franconia gone for some time. They did not offer a contract extension this summer when Sox were back from 2-10 start and had best record in baseball. That was supposed to be a big sign. Then they were supposed to have leaked to the press that his job was in jeopardy if they did not go far in playoffs. Franconia supposedly got too far away from statistical baseball managing and Henry did not like it.
Other problem is clubhouse is supposed to be a mess. Pitchers not talking to batters. Starters drinking beer in the clubhouse on their days off before games. So they are supposed to be looking for a guy that will be tougher on players. Oh yeah and be their puppet and run the club based on numbers. Good luck finding that combination.
Sox ownership is going to F up this team. 99% of the time when ownership gets too close to decision making down on the field, sports teams do poorly.
Ownership also failed to give Epstein an endorsement this weekend. That would be quite a thing if both Franconia and Epstein were gone because the team was down 4 starting pitchers for a good chunk of September and they could not beat very talented Yankee& Rays teams.