Francona's four candidates for manager

Francona's four candidates for manager
October 4, 2012, 8:22 pm
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Terry Francona's not on the search committee for the new Red Sox manager. But if he were . . .

"I'll give you four names," the former Red Sox manager and current ESPN analyst said on 'SportsCenter' Thursday afternoon. "And if this was my decision, this would be the direction I would want to go:

"Former Red Sox pitching coach John Farrell has to be a name and it's already being thrown around. Now he's the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, so there's some issues there.

"Former Sox coach and current Orioles third-base coach DeMarlo Hale. Well-respected.

"Former Sox coach and ex-Astros manager Brad Mills. Well-respected again.

"Current Sox bench coach Tim Bogar.

"All guys that have worked there in the past through the good times. They would immediately have the players' respect; I'm talking about Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester. Will Middlebrooks . . . "

Francona also dismissed the notion that those candidates would bring back the culture that led to the collapse in September 2011.

"We talked about . . . the change of culture in the clubhouse . . . There were some mistakes made last September, and that was under my charge. But that doesn't mean that everything's wrong."