Why Terry Francona As The Manager Of The Cleveland Indians Makes Sense
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Tuesday Feb.5, 2013
By Larry Myers (Indians Correspondent): Follow @TribeFanz1969
Terry Francona was hired as manager of the Cleveland Indians on October 6, 2012 – and officially took over the team on October 8th. He will be returning to the dugout after a one-year hiatus of managing in baseball and doing sports broadcasting duties. After Manny Acta was let go as manager of the Indians, only two candidates were interviewed. Francona was picked as manager over Sandy Alomar Jr, who has stayed on as Bench Coach under the veteran skipper.
Before we decide if Francona was the right choice as manager of the Indians, we have to look at who the man is. Francona was born April 22, 1959 in South Dakota to former MLB player Tito Francona, (who played from 1956 to 1970). Tito ‘Jr’ played in the Majors himself from 1981 to 1990, including one year with the Indians. During his ten years, Francona played in 708 Games – with a BA of .274, 16 Home Runs and 143 RBI as a utility player . After Francona’s playing days were over, he went on to become a Minor League coach, before finally becoming manager of the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997. During his four years in Philadelphia, his team never finished above fourth place, but Francona helped develop some young players into stars that have turned the Phillies franchise into the winning seasons in 11 out of the 12 years since his departure.
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In 2004, Francona became manager of the Boston Red Sox. During his first year, he lead his team to the World Series & became champions. During Francona’s eight years in Boston, he guided his team to two World Series Titles & helped make superstars out of Jacoby Ellsbury & Dustin Pedroia. After the 2011 season, the Red Sox declined his option for the 2012 season. In twelve years as a Manager, Francona has won 1,029 games, lost 915 games (.529), won two pennants and two World Series Titles. More importantly, he proved that he could win after Philadelphia. (285-363 for a .440 Win Percentage for years 1997-200.) He will be forever remembered as the man who managed the Red Sox ‘Idiots’ – to erase a 86 year World Series drought in only his 1st year as Boston’s manager. The Indians fans are hoping that he can lead the team to their 1st WS Title since the 1948 squad won.
What does Francona bring the Indians, you ask? During his years in Philadelphia and Boston – TF was known as a listener and a teacher. Having been a player himself & growing up around players in the 60′s and 70′s with his father, he learned the right way to play. During the off-season, the Indians brought in players like: Nick Swisher, Mark Reynolds, Trevor Bauer, Brett Myers, & Drew Stubbs to play alongside young stars like Carlos Santana, Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera.
With other young stars in the system & on the roster, this Indians team is a team that needs someone to teach them to win. During his years in Boston, Francona knew how to handle a pitching staff & put together a lineup that played the way he played. Bringing in a player like Nick Swisher, who has been to the World Series, will help Francona & his staff with this young team. In the dugout, Francona is also a man who is quiet & leads his teams by example.
Francona has been a winner before & I feel will be a winner in Cleveland too. I don’t think the Indians will go the playoff’s this year, but they will be a team that plays with pride & plays hard, because they finally have a manager that can handle a team like this. Like I did in my Nick Swisher article, I will welcome another great man to Cleveland…..Terry Francona, welcome to Cleveland. Make yourself at home & brings some good games to this great city of mine.
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A big thank-you goes out to our ‘Indians Correspondent’ Larry Myers for preparing today’s featured article. Larry was born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised all over Southern California. He has been a Cleveland Indians fan his whole life. Larry’s grandfather was a huge fan and knew a lot of the old-time players. I get to as many games as possible ( Minors and Majors ). His fave players of ALL-Time are Bob Feller, Herb Score and Jim Thome. Larry loves going over the stats of Indians players and watching every game on TV. Follow Larry on Twitter and talk about the games of Baseball Follow @TribeFanz1969
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