Terry Francona, manager
Mazz's grade: A
Here's something to consider: When the final out was recorded last night, Francona became the first Red Sox manager in more than 60 years to survive five full seasons -- and his three-year contract extension hasn't even begun yet. You may not like some of the manager's decisions (do you ever?) and you may not agree with his methods, but the Red Sox keep winning games, don't make excuses and rarely air their dirty laundry. Isn't that what managing is?
(Globe Staff Photo / John Bohn)