Terry Francona out as Boston Red Sox manager

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FILE - In this July 5, 2011 file photo, Boston Red Sox's manager Terry Francona, left, celebrates with Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek, right, moments after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in a baseball game at Fenway Park, in Boston. For 15 years, Varitek was the voice in the Boston pitching staff's ear, and the target behind the plate, giving the Red Sox their hard-nosed, gritty identity that they used to win two World Series titles.  Now, it appears that era has come to an end.  (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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In a joint statement released on Sept. 30, the Red Sox announced they will not pick up the option on Francona's contract in the wake of the team's September collapse.

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