John Farrell knows to put players 1st

Updated: September 9, 2012, 1:23 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Before this season comes to an end, the only names you probably won't hear linked to the Boston Red Sox managerial job are Casey Stengel and Bill Belichick, one because he has been dead 37 years, the other because it's the wrong sport.

Two candidates already have taken themselves out of the running for a job that isn't officially open yet. Tony La Russa, who has a date lined up with Cooperstown, says he doesn't miss the dugout, and ESPN analyst Terry Francona says he doesn't miss ...

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