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Former Red Sox Manager Terry Francona Takes Blame for Team’s Late Season Collapse

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Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona spoke with Boston sports radio station WEEI on Wednesday, his first public comments since he parted ways with the team last week.

Francona, who guided the Red Sox to World Series victories in 2004 and 2007, said that after the team’s historic late-season skid he chose to leave.

Francona was adamant that he didn’t want to point fingers for his departure, although he did acknowledge that the team opted not to pick up his 2012 option.

He was also open when it came to discussing the team’s 7-20 finish that resulted in the Red Sox missing the playoffs after being nine games up in the wild card standings in the beginning of September:

It was my responsibility to not let what happened happen. So regardless of how ownership feels or regardless of how [general manager] Theo (Epstein) feels or how the fans feel, I had a responsibility to get something done and it didn’t get done.”

As for Francona’s future, he said that, “If I go on to manage again somewhere else I probably do need to make some changes.” After all, there’s an open position with the White Sox.

Or maybe Francona is better suited for a transition to the booth. He will be a part of the FOX team for Games 1 and 2 of the ALCS this weekend.

[WEEI]

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