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Terry Francona To Manage Next Year?

Terry Francona won't be in the first base dugout at Fenway Park this year, but there's a pretty good chance that he'll be in some dugout, somewhere. Francona reportedly plans to manage again in 2012, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona plans to manage next season, if offered the opportunity, a source close to Francona told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney. (via ESPN Boston)

Francona was let go by the Red Sox last Friday after eight years at the helm of the team. While he wasn't directly fired, the team decided not to pick up Francona's contract option, allowing him to walk.

Francona has a record of 1,029-915 in 12 seasons as a manager and is 744-552 in eight years at the helm of the Red Sox. Prior to his time in Boston, Francona had a record of 648-285 in four seasons managing the Philadelphia Phillies. During his tenure in Boston, Francona has won two World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.

No team has formally offered the ex-Red Sox skipper a job (well, no major league team at least), but rumor has it that the Chicago White Sox could be a potential landing spot for Francona, with the recent departure of manager Ozzie Guillen, who was let go and will become the manager of the Miami Marlins next spring.

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