The Red Sox had one of the worst collapses in baseball history when they failed to make it to the playoffs. What does this mean now?
It means that someone has to go down as the scapegoat and that man was pointed out yesterday. The manager Terry Francona was fired.
The Red Sox let go of one of the best managers in baseball today.
Terry Francona won 744 games as manager of the Red Sox and only lost 552. This translates to a .574 winning percentage over his eight years.
That is a great managerial record. The big statistic that sticks out though is the two American League pennants and two World Series titles he brought back to Boston.
Terry Francona brought the first World Series to Boston since 1918.
This makes him a legend who should only have to hang it up when he chooses to.
The Red Sox picked the wrong scapegoat. The people that really should be taking the blame are the ones that play the game.
Terry Francona did nothing wrong during the collapse. He made choices that put the Sox in positions to win.
The players are the ones that did not execute. The starting pitching especially broke down.
The starters were not giving the team enough innings. They were getting into trouble early on in the games and putting Francona in a bind,
He had to pull the pitchers and rely upon his bullpen. This is a tough thing to ask for because this means for the rest of the game Francona had to piece it all together and that is what he did.
Terry Francona made the right choices but he cannot dictate what is going to happen.
The firing of Terry Francona is a huge setback for the Red Sox and the organization are the ones who did it.
Now they must search for a new manager and there is no hope of getting one that is as good or as knowledgeable about the organization as Terry Francona.