Ex-Boston Red Sox Manager Francona Will Sit Out Year, Comcast Sports Says

Terry Francona, who parted ways with the Boston Red Sox after a historic September collapse, said he won’t manage a Major League Baseball team next season, according to Comcast Sports Net New England.

Francona, who interviewed to be manager of the St. Louis Cardinals last week, said his decision not to manage in 2012 was “for my benefit,” Comcast reported on its website. St. Louis hired Mike Matheny two days ago.

Francona said that he was going to explore broadcast jobs after working on News Corp.’s Fox Sports’ television coverage of the American League Championship Series.

He has been contacted by Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN, Fox and the MLB Network for possible broadcasting work next season, Comcast reported.

Two days after the Red Sox missed this year’s playoffs, Francona was ousted as manager. Boston lost 20 of its 27 games in September and blew a 9 1/2-game lead in the American League Wild Card race. Boston won two World Series titles with Francona as manager.

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