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Terry Francona was a 'fire-putter-outer' in final years with Red Sox

Terry Francona said he was busier putting out fires than he was managing the Red Sox at the end.

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Terry Francona said that he was much busier putting out fires than he was managing during his final years as skipper of the Boston Red Sox. Francona, who was pushed out the door after a prolific collapse at the end of the 2011 season, is now the manager of the Cleveland Indians, and he spoke with reporters about the end to his Red Sox tenure.

Francona spent eight years managing the Red Sox, compiling a 744-552 record (.574 winning percentage) and winning two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. Overall, Francona has managed two MLB teams in 12 years, also guiding the Philadelphia Phillies to a 285-363 record in four years before coming to Boston. Francona has a lifetime 1,029-915 record with two World Series championships and two pennants.

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