Friday, December 17, 2004

Pedro Martinez Says Francona Given No Say
He said Red Sox manager Terry Francona played a small role in managing the team, taking his cues from the team's front office.

"Francona is subject to what they decide," Martinez said. "Francona had no say, like he didn't have any say in managing the team. He was manipulated from upstairs."

Many of us in Philadelphia never thought much of Francona. Nice man, but we didn't think he was a good manager.

Moneyball-types want a manager to just toe the statistical line and not foul up that which they know little about. So this makes sense. I would assume they hired someone who would be thankful for the job and not mind the lack of decision-making.

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