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Sunday, October 2, 2011
Muskrats would love Terry Francona as manager

Terry Francona
New Hampshire amateur summer league makes a pitch to hire Terry Francona.

Fear not Boston Red Sox fans, Terry Francona will land on his feet.

Less than 24 hours after the manager officially parted ways with the team he led to two World Series titles over eight seasons, opportunity already has come calling.

The Laconia Muskrats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, an amateur summer league, have offered Francona a job in Laconia, N.H., next June.

"We know Francona will be a hot commodity and we wanted to convey our offer to him first," Muskrats general manager Noah Crane said in a post on the team's website.

The salary of $6,000 might not be the $4 million a year Francona made with the Red Sox, but the Muskrats are throwing in perks that the manager certainly never got at the Red Sox's helm. Among the incentives: a host family to stay with for the season, a 25 percent discount at Laconia's Mexican restaurant Burrito Me, and 25 tokens at Funspot, a nearby business billing itself as "the largest arcade in the world." (A quick search of Funspot's website reveals that any customer can get 50 free tokens with a printed coupon and a $20 purchase.)

According to the story on the Muskrats' website, the team faxed a copy of the contract to Francona's agent.

So far, Francona has yet to comment on the offer.