Francona to be Named Tribe Manager

By Mike Brandyberry

The Cleveland Indians announced Saturday evening they have agreed to a contract with Terry Francona to become the team’s 42nd manage. The club will make a formal announcement on Monday morninig at Progressive Field, bue will not comment any further until then out of respect the the Major League Baseball playoffs. WEWS-5 is reporting Francona will sign a four year contract.

Francona has managed in the Major Leagues for 12 years–four with the Philadelphia Phillies (1997-2000) and eight with the Boston Red Sox (2004-2011). In Boston he won World Series titles in 2004 and 2007, including their first title since 1918. During Chris Antonetti’s end of season press conference on Thursday, he praised Francona for his ability to not just win, but develop young talent at the Major League level. He has a career record of 1029-915 in his 12 seasons as a manager. He also played the 1988 season with the Indians. His father, Tito Francona, played six seasons with the Indians from 1959-1965 as a first baseman.

Both WEWS-5 Andy Baskin and the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes reported earlier in the evening that the Indians had informed Interim Manager Sandy Alomar that they had hired Francona. Alomar was the team’s Interim Manager for the final six games after Manny Acta was fired. He was a player with the Tribe from 1990-2000, Rookie of the Year and six time All-Star with the team. Over the last two seasons Alomar has interviewed for managerial roles with the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and now the Indians. He will be considered again for the open Boston position.

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