The Red Sox are less than a month away from the start of Spring Training and have yet to hire a replacement for fired manager Alex Cora. Fans on social media have had some wild ideas on who should captain the ship in 2020.
Boston sports fans appreciate when players show us blue-collar work ethic and unmitigated passion. We value the underdogs who play hard and leave it all on the field. For the most part, Red Sox fans are an extremely dedicated and loyal bunch.
But does that unwavering loyalty sometimes cloud our judgment and cause us to overvalue guys in our organization? Absolutely yes.
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That’s why entering the world of Red Sox fan social media is a wild ride. Lopsided trade proposals, arguments for marginal players to be in the Hall of Fame, and outrage over who is and who isn’t a “real fan” are topics that run rampant on Facebook groups and Twitter hashtags.
With the recent firing of Alex Cora as skipper, Red Sox fans have taken to social media to voice their opinions on who should manage the team in 2020 and let me tell you…some of these posts are Theatre of the Absurd to the highest level.
Although some candidates you could make a case for (Jason Varitek), I’d prefer to delve into the weirdest and wackiest suggestion, a “greatest hits” of managerial misses if you will.
Before the slideshow begins, keep in mind that the highest-paid managers in 2019 were Bruce Bochy of the Giants (now retired) and Joe Maddon of the Cubs (now with the Angels) who each made $6M in 2019. Bochy won three World Series titles with the Giants during his time in San Fransico (2007-2019) and Maddon has managed in two World Series, winning one with the Cubs in 2016.