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Red Sox have shied from big names

History shows they're more likely to hire lesser-known candidate as manager

Updated: October 5, 2011, 9:02 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- In the wake of the clubhouse breakdown that led to Terry Francona and the Red Sox parting ways last week, perhaps it's worth recalling what general manager Theo Epstein said his lingering concern was prior to hiring Francona to succeed Grady Little back in 2003: "Is he too nice? Does he treat people too well?"

At the news conference introducing Francona as the new Sox manager on Dec. 4, 2003, Epstein said he was persuaded that Francona passed the test.

"In doing ...

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