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Francona not a fit for Cubs' opening

With many familiar faces around him, Epstein should find a fresh one to lead the Cubs

Updated: November 11, 2011, 11:49 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- As the Chicago Cubs look for their new manager in a most public way, Terry Francona is lingering around the edges, a candidate without a photo op.

Francona, the deposed Red Sox manager, seems like a great fit to some (Two World Series!) and a terrible fit to others (Fried chicken! Beer! Chaos!). As the Cubs' new brain trust trots out candidates for public display, those intimately familiar with his work won't say Francona is a candidate at all. The mystery is appealing.

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