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Rumor Mill: Cubs out on Francona?

The Cubs apparently aren't chasing former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, according to a tweet from Fox Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.

He says the Wee Bears are more likely to focus on Texas pitching coach Mike Maddux in their search for a skipper to replace the fired Mike Quade.

I thought it odd that former Red Sox GM Theo Epstein would fire Francona as he walked out the door ... and then hire him in his first act with the Cubs. While there decision to can Francona could have come from above his head, it had to leave a bad taste in Francona's mouth to be fired after a near miss season when he led the Red Sox to their only two World Series victories in the last 92 years in 2004 and 2007.

Francona seems to be the hot property amongst teams not named the Red Sox who are in need of a skipper. But, while he has a proven track record as a skipper, I'm worried about his future.

First, there are a lot of people who believe that Francona wanted out of Boston because he was tired of the pressure. If he's burned out, do Cardinals fans want to see him be the person who is hired to replace Tony La Russa.

He's also had a history of heart-related health problems that cloud his future and there is the matter of the way he lost respect of the Boston clubhouse. The story about Red Sox veterans drinking beer and stuffing their faces in the locker room in the middle of games is disturbing on many levels and I would hate to see that sort of situation seep into the St. Louis clubhouse.

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