Nine to Know: Terry Francona

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Nine to Know: Terry Francona

By Bill Chuck

1. In 8 years with Boston, Terry managed 1296 games with a record of 744-552 .574. He won two AL pennants, finished first once, won three Wild Cards and two World Championships.

2. The Sox were 411-237 at Fenway, 333-315 on the road.

3. In one-run games, Terrys teams were 179-166
2004:16-18
2005: 27-15
2006: 29-20
2007: 22-28
2008: 22-23
2009: 22-17
2010: 22-26
2011: 19-19

4. Versus the Yankees, Terry was 75-72.
2004: BOS won 11, NYY won 8.
2005: BOS won 9, NYY won 10.
2006: BOS won 8, NYY won 11.
2007: BOS won 8, NYY won 10.
2008: BOS won 9, NYY won 9.
2009: BOS won 9, NYY won 9.
2010: BOS won 9, NYY won 9.
2011: BOS won 12, NYY won 6.

5. Against the AL East, the Sox were 327-258, .559
1. Baltimore: 93-52 .641
2. Tampa Bay: 80-67 .544
3. Toronto: 79-67 .541
4. New York: 75-72 .510

6. Leading home run hitters for Terry
David Ortiz 289
Manny Ramirez 163
Kevin Youkilis 129
Jason Varitek 114
J.D. Drew 80
Mike Lowell 80

7. Leading batters (minimum 2000 plate appearances)
Dustin Pedroia - .305
Manny Ramirez - .303
Jacoby Ellsbury - .301
Mike Lowell - .290
David Ortiz - .289
Kevin Youkilis - .289
J.D. Drew - .264
Jason Varitek - .249

8. Most wins
Josh Beckett - 84
Tim Wakefield - 84
Jon Lester - 76
Curt Schilling - 53
Daisuke Matsuzaka - 49
Clay Buchholz - 35
John Lackey - 26
Mike Timlin - 24
Bronson Arroyo - 24
Jonathan Papelbon - 23

9. The shortstop position has had a revolving door since 2004. Here are the 27 players who played short under Terry and the number of seasons in which they played the position.
Player From To
1. Jed Lowrie 4 2008 2011
2. Alex Cora 4 2005 2008
3. Julio Lugo 3 2007 2009
4. Marco Scutaro 2 2010 2011
5. Yamaico Navarro 2 2010 2011
6. Gil Velazquez 2 2008 2009
7. Alex Gonzalez 2 2006 2009
8. Mark Bellhorn 2 2004 2005
9. Drew Sutton 1 2011 2011
10. Jose Iglesias 1 2011 2011
11. Mike Aviles 1 2011 2011
12. Angel Sanchez 1 2010 2010
13. Felipe Lopez 1 2010 2010
14. Bill Hall 1 2010 2010
15. Chris Woodward 1 2009 2009
16. Nick Green 1 2009 2009
17. Royce Clayton 1 2007 2007
18. Dustin Pedroia 1 2006 2006
19. Ramon Vazquez 1 2005 2005
20. Edgar Renteria 1 2005 2005
21. Hanley Ramirez 1 2005 2005
22. Alejandro Machado 1 2005 2005
23. Pokey Reese 1 2004 2004
24. Ricky Gutierrez 1 2004 2004
25. Nomar Garciaparra 1 2004 2004
26. Cesar Crespo 1 2004 2004
27. Orlando Cabrera 1 2004 2004

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Youkilis weighs in on Valentine possibly being Japan ambassador

Among the reactions to the news that Bobby Valentine was possibly being considered to be the US amassador to Japan in President Donald Trump’s administration was this beauty from Kevin Youkilis. 

Valentine famously called out Youkilis early in his stormy tenure as Red Sox manager in 2012. Remember? "I don't think he's as physically or emotionally into the game as he has been in the past for some reason," Bobby V said of Youk at the time. 

The Red Sox traded Youkilis to the White Sox for two not-future Hall of Famers, outfielder Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart, later that season.

Youkilis, now Tom Brady’s brother-in-law by the way, had a 21-game stint playing in Japan in 2014 before retiring from baseball. 

 

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Report: Bobby Valentine could be Trump’s US ambassador to Japan

Major league manager. Inventor of the wrap sandwich. Champion ballroom dancer.  And…

US ambassador to Japan?

Bobby Valentine is on the short list for that position in President Donald Trump’s administration, according to a WEEI.com report.

The former Red Sox manager (fired after a 69-93 season and last-place finish in 2012), and ex-New York Mets and Texas Rangers, skipper, also managed the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan’s Pacific League for six seasons. 

When asked by the New York Daily News if he's being considered for the post, Valentine responded: "I haven't been contacted by anyone on Trump's team." 

Would he be interested?

"I don't like to deal in hypotheticals," Valentine told the Daily News.

Valentine, 66, has known the President-elect and Trump's brother Bob since the 1980s, is close to others on Trump’s transition team and has had preliminary discussions about the ambassador position, sources told WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. 

Valentine, currently the athletic director of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., is also friendly with current Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who, like Valentine, attended the University of Southern California.