Terry Francona is an excellent Major League Baseball manager, who has proven he can manage in the most challenging environment and win. He led the Boston Red Sox to their first World Series Championship in 90 years, in an environment of extraordinary fan pressure and a location where the media acts like pit bills at a barbecue. There is no question he is good at his job. With the Red Sox making a really bad decision to let him go, some other team will have the benefit of getting Francona’s services.Will Terry end up at the Chicago White Sox? That’s a possibility. The White Sox have been reasonably good in the last few years and the ownership is not afraid to spend money, even if they can’t match the deep pockets of the New York Yankees and the Red Sox. I have never been an Ozzie Guillen fan, as I think his management skills result in teams winning despite him, so Terry Francona could possibly get more out of the current team.How about the Chicago Cubs? What if Theo Epstein makes another bad decision and leaves the warm cozy nest of the Boston Red Sox to see if he can succeed without his mentors and his support system in Boston? What if Theo goes to the Cubs? Will he bring Terry Francona with him? Will Terry go with him? We doubt it.After having managed in the big time, with big time players who have big time salaries, would Terry Francona be happy with the Seattle Mariners or the Colorado Rockies? On the one hand, he could prove how good he is by succeeding without the big bucks. But on the other hand, it could take 10 years for the right mix of players to come along to even be competitive.And then, there is the New York Yankees. Of course they won’t replace Joe Girardi this year, but would they give Francona a high paying job in their front office? This would have the double effect of getting satisfaction from sticking out their tongues at the Red Sox while having a manager-in-waiting if Girardi stumbles.It might be better for Francona to take a year off and recharge the old batteries: spend time with his family and a few evenings in the announcer’s box providing color commentary for Major League Baseball broadcasts. There is a good chance this will happen, particularly in that the best outcome for Francona may be a finalization of a sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers to a new owner, something that may not occur before the 2012 season.Any new owner of the Dodgers will certainly want to clean house to give the fans a real sense of hope, and bringing in Terry Francona to be manager would be a big time deal that would get the fan base excited. Further, while the Dodgers will be under the microscope in a major media market, this will be easy compared to what Francona saw as manager of the pre-World Series winning Boston Red Sox.So, we look for Francona to end up as manager of the Dodgers, either in 2012 or 2013, and we look for the new owners to make a big splash with some free agent signings. Further, we look for Terry to lead the Dodgers to a regeneration of their past glory days.