It's that time of year again when MLB managers begin dropping like flies from their respective teams who have most likely failed this season.
Terry Francona will no doubt be the most coveted skipper in all of baseball.
Francona wasn't considered to be a top-flight manager early in his career, so it was a surprise when the Red Sox hired him in 2004.
He certainly didn't disappoint, bringing the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years, and in the process, overcame an 0-3 deficit to the Yankees in the ALCS.
Francona ended up winning two rings with Boston and has shot to the top of the MLB when talking about the best managers in baseball.
He has proven to be a loyal, player-friendly manager who has a great sense for the game. He would be a huge draw for free agent players to join him wherever he goes and brings a great resume with him, most importantly having had success in a tough baseball town like Boston.
He is no doubt the best option out there by far, but there is more than one team in need of a good manager. So here are four other managers who may be taking over some of the MLB manager vacancies next year.