By Bob Toth
A shocked and stunned Cleveland Indians’ fans base received its first good news of the 2012 offseason with rumors last Saturday that the team and Terry Francona had come to terms on a contract.
On Monday, the disbelief became reality, as Francona was introduced as the Indians’ new manager in an afternoon press conference.
The hiring of Francona brings a new level of excitement to Cleveland after what could only be described as a horrendously disappointing season on the field for the ball club. While questions still exist regarding what the front office will do to correct the on-the-field issues that the team had, at least one gigantic question about the team has been answered.
By Mike Brandyberry
Monday morning the Cleveland Indians officially hired Terry Francona as the franchise’s 42 manager in their 113 year career. Francona brings more than 30 years of professional baseball experience as a player, coach and manager.
Francona has twelve years of Major League managerial experience, having compiled a record of 1029-915 (.529), and previously guided the Philadelphia Phillies over four seasons from 1997-2000. His 744 wins with the Red Sox rank second in the 112-year history of the Boston American League franchise and he has received BBWAA Manager of the Year votes in six different seasons during his 12-year big league managerial career. His 1029 wins currently rank 7th among active Major League managers. He signed a four year contract as the Indians manager.
“As excited as we are about those accomplishments, I think what excites us most are what those accomplishments are built upon,” Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti said when introducing Francona. “Terry is a exceptional leader, has boundless energy, is a relentless communicator and brings a winning attitude.”
After a disappointing 2012 Cleveland Indians season the organization is at a crossroads to decide how to progress with the organization, not just for the 2013 season but several seasons to come. Decisions involve ownerships, the front office, managerial and coaching decisions and the players. For the month of October, we’ll look at the how the Indians ended up in their current predicament, but most importantly, Where Do the Indians Go From Here.
Saturday evening, the Cleveland Indians announced they named Terry Francona the 42nd manager in franchise history. While fans are excited to see the organization find a leader with a proven track record, they should be careful of assuming what the managerial signing signifies.
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 …