Add Francona, Bell and Fregosi to Floating List

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(SN Report #517) - Even though Jerry Manuel has not been fired, nor has anything been said to make it a matter of when not if, Bob Nightengale of Sportsweekly has reported that if Manuel is fired, three replacements are Terry Francona, Buddy Bell and Jim Fregosi. Manuel, who has been the White Sox manager since 1998, of course, is on the hot-seat because of the Sox failure to live up to expectations.

Terry Francona last managed the Philadelphia Phillies in 2000. In four years there, Francona compiled a record of 285-363, finishing no better than third in the National League East. Francona played in the majors for 10 seasons, from 1981 to 1990, posting a career .274 average. Francona played for the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Cincinatti Reds, Cleveland Indians and Milwaukee Brewers.

Buddy Bell's last managerial gig was for the Colorado Rockies from 2000 to 2002. Bell was fired early in the 2002 season after a 6-16 start. Bell also managed the Tigers from 1996-1998. Bell's career managerial record is 345-362. Bell was also a major leaguer for 18 seasons and collected 2,514 hits in his career.

Jim Fregosi managed the White Sox from 1986-1988, where he went 193-226. Fregosi also managed the California Angels, Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, who he led to the World Series in 1993. Fregosi's lifetime managerial record is 1,028-1,095. Fregosi playing tenure lasted from 1961-1978. His lifetime average was .265.

Earlier in the season the White Sox claimed that Manuel's job was safe through at least All-Star break. But recent slides, including being swept by the Indians, have some predicting Manuel will be fired during the team's current road trip.

Two other possibilities that have been thrown around for some time are AA Birmingham manager Wally Backman and former Mets manager Bobby Valentine.

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