Reports out of Cleveland suggest that Guardians manager Terry Francona may soon call it a career due to health concerns. The former Red Sox skipper called Boston home from 2004 until 2011 and won the franchise’s first World Series title in 86 years in 2004.
If Francona does decide to end his run as a manager in the Major Leagues, our own Marc Bertrand thinks the Red Sox should strongly consider retiring his #47 jersey in the near future. Beetle, Hardy and Matt McCarthy discussed on Thursday:
Should the Red Sox retire Terry Francona’s number?
Beetle: Terry Francona might be retiring as manager as the of the Cleveland Guardians. This might be the end of the road for Terry Francona. He’s had a number of health issues over the years going back 20 years. He’s dealt with a bunch of different stuff. He’s 64 years old now, which 64 as a manager in Major League Baseball these days is old. He’s an old manager. And so, this might be it. The Guardians are not coming back to Fenway at any point over the last six weeks of the season. Five weeks of the season. He was in Boston back in April when they were here. That was the last time. Steve Buckley [of The Athletic] suggests that if this is the end of the road for Terry Francona, that the Red Sox should retire his number at Fenway Park immediately. I don’t think it needs to happen, like in September. I don’t think it needs to happen opening day next year. But should the Red Sox retire Terry Francona’s number?
McCarthy: I think he’s the greatest manager in Red Sox history.
Beetle: That’s where it should end. That’s where it begins. That’s where it ends. That’s why the answer is yes. I agree with Buckley on this, and you know that Buckley can be a he’s one of those romantic baseball guys. He’d retire everybody’s number if he’ll let him. But I just don’t see I think he makes an excellent point. He should be up there. The best manager they ever had in the history of their team.
Hardy: How often how often do you invoke Terry Francona, though, when you’re talking about the years when the Red Sox won and did well? You know, it’s baseball. You don’t talk about the manager all that much. It’s not as integral to the success of the team as a football coach or I would say a hockey coach. Basketball and baseball, do we spend a lot of time talking about the coaches. Unless things are going really, really poorly, that’s or they’re being run out of town.
Beetle: So then no manager should ever be have their number retired or be honored by your team?
Hardy: If you’re with the team for 20 years and you win multiple World Series titles, yeah, it should be a consideration. He wasn’t here for 20 years. Eight years is not long enough to get your number retired as a manager.
McCarthy: Nobody can tell you actually what his number was. But he’s the greatest manager in the history of the Red Sox. He deserves to be honored in some way, shape or form. I don’t know if it necessarily needs to be a number retirement.
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