Francona era in Boston comes to an end
September, 30, 2011
Kyle Terada/US Presswire
Terry Francona's 8 years as manager of the Red Sox is tied for the 2nd-longest tenure in team history.
The Boston Red Sox declined club options on manager Terry Francona for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, allowing Francona to pursue a job with other clubs.
In eight seasons as manager of the Red Sox, Francona went 744-552 while leading Boston to five postseason appearances (more than double any other Sox manager), where they won two World Series titles (2004 and 2007). He joins Bill Carrigan as the only managers in team history to win multiple World Series titles.
Francona was 8-0 in World Series games as Red Sox manager. That’s the most World Series game wins to start a managerial career in MLB history, and the most wins without a loss over a manager’s career.
Tito ranks second in franchise history in managerial wins (744), games managed (1,296) and win percentage (.574) among managers with a minimum of five years of service with the club. According to Elias, his 28-17 postseason record is the second-best in MLB history behind Joe McCarthy (30-13) among managers with a minimum of 25 postseason games.
Francona’s best success with the Sox came in his first five years with the team. In that time, he led Boston to the playoffs four times and won seven series and two World Series titles. The team was 28-14 in the postseason during that stretch.
In his last three seasons, the Red Sox made just one postseason appearance and were swept by the Los Angeles Angels in the 2009 ALDS. Their last postseason win was Game 6 of the 2008 ALCS at the Tampa Bay Rays.
Other career tidbits:
• First manager ever to win his first six potential postseason series clinchers and is 7-2 in potential postseason series clinching games. According to Elias, only Lou Piniella and Mike Scioscia (5-1, .833) have a better win percentage in potential postseason series-clinching games than Francona (.778) among managers with five such games.
• Eighth manager to earn championships in at least his first two World Series appearances and 20th manager with multiple World Series titles.
• Since 2004, only Joe Torre (six) has more postseason appearances among AL managers than Francona (five).
• Francona's .529 win percentage is bested by just five active managers (minimum 1,000 games) and his 1,029 wins trail only six active managers.
• Scioscia (132) and Torre (131) are the only managers with more Interleague wins than Francona (126) according to Elias.
• Only Francona and Joe Cronin (13, 1935-47) managed the Red Sox for at least eight consecutive full seasons.
• Red Sox were 7-1 on Patriots Day under Francona.