Henry: Red Sox to begin managerial search

Henry: Red Sox to begin managerial search

Henry: Red Sox to begin managerial search
BOSTON -- Red Sox owner John Henry wrote via Twitter on Tuesday night that the Red Sox might begin interviewing managerial candidates next week.

Henry posted several tweets in a 31-minute span, his first public comments of any time since the Red Sox and manager Terry Francona announced Friday that they were parting ways.

Though Henry was supposed to be at the Friday evening press briefing to speak about Francona's departure, he couldn't make it after suffering a minor accident on his yacht and being taken to a hospital for tests.

"Thanks to all of the well-wishers. I'm fine," Henry tweeted. "But it makes one appreciate health. Rushing downstairs is dangerous for an old guy."

Clearly, Henry was focused on the business of the Red Sox on Tuesday, namely finding the right manager to succeed Francona.

"Calls and maybe interviews next week," Henry wrote. "Excited to once again bring in smart, creative, hands-on leadership. We have the right people looking."

When Henry mentioned "the right people", it can be inferred that general manager Theo Epstein was one of them.

However, Henry didn't say anything in his Twitter session regarding a report by the Boston Globe that the Cubs have requested permission to speak to Epstein about a job in their front office.

Henry did seem engaged on the topic of finding a new manager. The last time the Red Sox conducted a managerial search was eight years ago, and they were coming off the agony of a loss to the Yankees in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series. This time around, Boston is trying to recover from the worst September collapse in baseball history.

"We got the manager's search right eight years ago with Tito and [Joe] Maddon as finalists. We'll secure a great manager this time as well," Henry said.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.