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Francona having trouble handling Red Sox bullpen - Sentinel & E...

There are 9 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Aug 11, 2009, titled Francona having trouble handling Red Sox bullpen - Sentinel & E.... In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Terry Francona is probably the best handler of a bullpen the Red Sox have had in the modern era, i.e., when relievers began taking on more important roles in baseball.

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Suwanee, GA

#1 Aug 11, 2009
Francona has done a great job of Managing the Red Sox BUT Ortiz is not playing well and Francona is patting him on the shoulder for a good job. Ortiz is not a team player, if he hits and it is not a home run he just stands at home plate and sulks.

Puerto Rico

#2 Aug 11, 2009
Well;one can not blame Francona for being overcautious;he was handed damaged goods in Smoltz;Penny(which continued to postpone the future of Bucholz and Masterson) & eventually Dice-K(it could be foreseen that pitching full blast,when not ready would cause Dice-K problems).Also,while the Yankees put their $$$$ to use the Red Sox stayed put;they also stayed put with Lee & Halladay.let's face it;if you do not spend ,you will not compete.P.D.On the other hand;why do you use Tazawa in such a situation ,while you overprotected Masterson & Bucholz?
Tazawa was

Clinton, MA

#3 Aug 11, 2009
Tazawa was the only remaining pitcher (not including starters) available when they sent him into the 15-inning game. They had already used everyone else in the bullpen.

Santa Barbara, CA

#4 Aug 11, 2009
Francona should be fired for his handling of the ballclub and especially of the STARTING PITCHERS all season - for allowing them to give up the big inning time and time again!

He also is considered a players manager because he coddles the players too much and doesn't confront them when they need to be confronted.

Along the same lines, he has shown himself to be a lousy motivator of the players. It may be partly due to his health, but at times he needs to get angry and go ballistic like Girardi did a little over a month ago which coincidentally happened to be the turning point of the Yankee season.
tom c

Woburn, MA

#6 Aug 11, 2009
Francona sucks
Cindy Lauper


#7 Aug 11, 2009
i like him..i think he is cute...leave him


#8 Aug 12, 2009
is the game over. we'll know it in october

Saint Louis, MO

#9 Aug 13, 2009
this chaz scoggins guy is a joke for writing this


#10 Aug 16, 2009
It's time to wake up and smell the goatmeal!!

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