Cleveland Indians hire Terry Francona as manager
Terry Francona was hired as the manager of the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. He will be formally introduced as Cleveland’s manager at a news conference on Monday.
“I’m really excited,” Francona said on ESPN, according to the Associated Press. “People who don’t know me may have thought I was looking for something different.”
According to CBS Sports, Francona worked as an ESPN analyst during the past season. He was the manager for the Boston Red Sox from 2004 to 2011, leading them to two American League pennants and two World Series championships.
He also played for the Indians in 1988 and worked as an adviser for the team in 2001. His father, Tito, played for the Indians from 1959 to 1964. Francona said that there is a “family feeling” with the team, reported CBS Sports.
The Indians chose Francona over Sandy Alomar Jr., who was the team’s interim manager at the end of the season. Alomar took over after the team fired manager Manny Acta on September 27.
The Indians finished the season with a disappointing 68-94 record, 20 games behind in the AL Central. The Indians went 5-24 during the month of August, the worst month record in franchise history, noted the AP.