Quote to note

"I know as a player, it was really noticeable to me when somebody talked to me straight and upfront and honest. It wasn't always the news you wanted to hear, but you would respect it in the end. When they go home at night, the way they make their living is based on our decisions. We take that very seriously."
--Francona, on informing players if they've made the roster

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