A mistake in my opinion. Francona has been masterful in managing the massive egos on this team (and yes, I'm looking at you Manny). He's also had to deal with quite a bit of second-guessing from the media and fans (and I'm sure the ownership and front office too, behind the scene). The real question is, who would be brought in that could do better? I read something in one of the rumor mills about Bobby Valentine being a possibility, but I don't know if he'll embrace the money ball philosophy. If I recall, he tends to work best with young teams and less so with veterans given his ego.
edit: I don't think there are any realistic in-house options. If this were a year ago, I could see John Farrell, being a logical successor.
Edited by Kid T, 30 September 2011 - 12:43 AM.