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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Red Sox Fire Manager, Start Looking for 40th

BOSTON, Massachusetts -- Boston Red Sox General Manager Dan Duquette finally decided over the weekend to fire Manager Butch Hobson, which made Duquette the last person in New England to know it was coming.

In a widely predicted move Tuesday, Duquette and the Red Sox fired Hobson and announced that they have begun the search for a manager.

Duquette summoned Hobson, 43, to Boston from Alabama and gave him the news in a meeting with owner John Harrington at Fenway Park.

Hobson exited gracefully and proudly, even after three unsuccessful seasons. "My head's up because I'm proud of what I tried to do here," Hobson said. "I believe in my heart that I did the best I could. I'm not sorry for anything I did. I made a lot of mistakes and I learned from them. I did a lot of good things, too. I believe in my heart I will surface somewhere as a manager."

His status was constant fodder for debate, beginning in his first season in 1992 and escalating each time the team lost two games in a row. The Red Sox, who did not offer him a job in the organization, will pay him through December.

Hobson's three-year reign produced a 207-232 record and last-place, fifth-place and fourth-place finishes in the American League East. The team was 54-61 this season.

The emphasis now switches to the search for the Red Sox 40th manager. Duquette said he wants somebody with more than five years of managerial experience, preferably at the major league level. Some of the names mentioned include Oakland Athletics Manager Tony La Russa, Montreal Expos bench coach Tim Johnson, Chicago White Sox first-base coach Terry Bevington and Cincinnati Reds coach Bob Boone. Managers Gene Lamont of the White Sox and Felipe Alou of the Expos also could be candidates.