Terry Francona
American baseball manager
Terry Francona
Terrance Jonathon Francona, nicknamed "Tito," is a former Major League Baseball manager and a former player. He was a first baseman and outfielder in the majors from 1981 to 1990. After retiring as a player, he managed several minor league teams in the 1990s before managing the Philadelphia Phillies for four seasons. In 2004, Francona was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox, and that year he led the team to its first World Series championship since 1918.
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Francona Says the 2019 All-Star Game Will Reaffirm All That's Good About Cleveland
NPR - 2 months
Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is coming back to Cleveland. The Indians announced today that they’ll host the 2019 All-Star Game. During a previously scheduled appearance at Cleveland’s City Club today, manager Terry Francona called it a great opportunity, not just for the team. “It’s going to be wonderful for the city of Cleveland. For the downtown, for people with businesses, restaurants, bars. It’s also, I think, a time for Cleveland to show just who we are, how we conduct ourselves, how we act. Let the world see that, and I think it’s going to be wonderful. Let the world see that. It’s a celebration of baseball, but I think it will end up being a celebration of baseball.” This will be the sixth time Cleveland hosts the All-Star Game. The last time was 20 years ago. The year, 2019, also marks the 25 th anniversary of Progressive Field.
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Francona, Roberts named Managers of the Year
Yahoo News - 4 months
(The Sports Xchange) - Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and Los Angeles Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts were named the American League and National League Managers of the Year in a vote by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, it was announced on Tuesday. Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finished second in the American League voting, with Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter third.
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With Francona and Santana in Place, The Cleveland Indians Hope For Next Year
NPR - 5 months
The Cleveland Indians front office held its first press conference today since their World Series loss to the Chicago Cubs. Indians President Chris Antoinetti and General Manager Mike Chernoff say they are excited for the future of the team. Antonetti says the bulk of the roster will remain in place next year. The Indians have exercised options that keep Manager Terry Francona with the team through 2020, and Carlos Santana through next season. “The thing that gives us confidence is that we have the bulk of our roster returning. We do have some key decisions and some key free agents in Mike Napoli and Rajai Davis specifically, but the vast majority of our roster is still going to be here for the foreseeable future and that’s a great foundation to do into the off-season with.” Antoinetti says he is hopeful the team will re-sign Napoli and Davis for next season.
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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: United Loyalties
NYTimes - 5 months
What a World Series — especially if you’ve played for both the Cubs and Terry Francona.
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Honor in World Series defeat, says Francona
Reuters.com - 5 months
CLEVELAND (Reuters) - Terry Francona swept the first two World Series that teams he managed played in, but despite losing to the Chicago Cubs in a thrilling Game Seven on Wednesday, the skipper said it was an honor just to have been in such a game.
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Faith in pitchers keeps Indians confident of beating Cubs
Yahoo News - 5 months
With ace pitcher Corey Kluber on the mound and three rested top relievers in waiting, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona is confident his team can defeat the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday to win the World Series. The Cubs, trying to win their first title since 1908 to end America's longest sports title drought, ripped host Cleveland 9-3 Tuesday to level the best-of-seven Major League Baseball final at 3-3 and force a winner-take-all showdown Wednesday. Kluber, a right-hander, went 18-9 this season and is 4-1 in the playoffs.
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Terry Francona has options in left field for Indians
LATimes - 5 months
Once again, Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona is torn on what to do in left field.  Carlos Santana isn’t an option for Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday  at Cleveland.  Francona was forced to start Santana, his regular designated hitter, twice in left at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, where...
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Indians manager Francona tips cap to Cubs
Yahoo News - 5 months
By Larry Fine CHICAGO (Reuters) - Indians manager Terry Francona had his remarkable World Series record dented a bit with the Chicago Cubs' 3-2 win on Sunday, and he will have to wait at least two days for another crack at his third title. Francona, who steered the Boston Red Sox to a pair of World Series sweeps (2004, 2007), slipped to 11-2 in Fall Classic games but merely tipped his cap to the play of the Cubs, who closed to within 3-2 in the best-of-seven showdown.
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One win away from World Series title, Indians say they won’t relax in Game 5
Chicago Times - 5 months
The Indians are one win away from their first World Series title in 68 years, but manager Terry Francona said he doesn’t have any big speech planned to prepare his team for Game 5 on Sunday against the Cubs. “No, it might make them nervous,” Francona said. “They’re OK. They know how to play the...
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Indians Remain Upbeat As Tomlin Takes the Mound in Chicago
NPR - 5 months
The Indians are in Chicago for Game 3 of the World Series against the Cubs tonight. The series is tied 1 game apiece, with the next three in the Windy City. Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin gets the start tonight. He's gone 4-1 in his last seven appearances, including his two postseason starts. Indians manager Terry Francona says he feels confident with Tomlin on the mound. “I just think he’s built to pitch good all the time," Francona says. "He’s going to compete, and he makes the opposing team beat him. He doesn’t walk people; you can’t run on him.” The Cubs will start Kyle Hendricks tonight. Conditions will be rough on the pitchers with wind gusts at Wrigley expected at 40 mph. The Indians’ 5-1 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday night in Cleveland was just their second defeat in the postseason. Now they head to Chicago for the next three games, where the fans will be celebrating the first World Series game to played there tonight in 71 years. Francona says he never under-estimated the Cubs,
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On Baseball: Theo Epstein and Terry Francona Have Their Players’ Backs
NYTimes - 5 months
The Cubs’ architect and the Indians’ manager have succeeded by building absolute trust with players conditioned to view authority figures with suspicion.
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Jason Kipnis (ankle) feeling better, expects to play Game 1 vs. Cubs
ABC News - 5 months
Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said his sprained left ankle is improving and he "should be good" for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. "We're feeling good, we're progressing the way we had hoped," Kipnis said Monday. "Right now, we're just getting down the swelling, getting range of motion back, and if we can get it to where I can move around, doctors got stuff that can take pain away, so I'll be all right [Tuesday] night." Indians manager Terry Francona also said on Monday he expected Kipnis to be ready to face the Chicago Cubs in the Series opener in Cleveland. "He'll be fine,'' Francona said. "He's doing much better today. He might not be 100 percent -- I don't know who is. But I don't think it's going to get in the way.'' Kipnis injured his ankle last week while celebrating following the final out of the American League Championship Series in Toronto. He said the ankle has improved, but he also said it "isn't exactly. ...
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Indians name Kluber as Game One starter
Yahoo News - 5 months
(Reuters) - Ace right-hander Corey Kluber will start Game One of the World Series for the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday when they host the National League champion Chicago Cubs, manager Terry Francona said on Sunday. Kluber, the 2014 American League (AL) Cy Young winner, held the Boston Red Sox scoreless over seven innings in the AL Division Series and allowed two runs over 11 1/3 innings in the AL Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays to enter the World Series with a 0.98 ERA.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Terry Francona
  • 2016
    Age 56
    He managed the Indians to the American League Central Division title in 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Following his departure from the Red Sox in 2011, Francona was employed by the Fox network as a substitute color analyst for the first two games of the American League Championship Series. Francona, who teamed with play-by-play announcer Joe Buck, filled in for regular Fox analyst Tim McCarver, who was recuperating from minor heart surgery. On December 5, 2011, Francona signed with ESPN joining their Sunday Night Baseball telecast, replacing Bobby Valentine, who himself replaced Francona as manager of the Red Sox. During the 2012 season, he worked as an analyst on Sunday Night Baseball, contributed to ESPN.com, and contributed to ESPN's Little League World Series coverage. Francona dearly thanked ESPN as he left for the job as Cleveland Indians manager. Since becoming the manager of the Indians, Francona's former ESPN Sunday Night Baseball colleagues have referred to the Indians as the "Fighting Franconas."
  • 2013
    Age 53
    On November 12, 2013, Terry Francona was named as the American League Manager of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Francona agreed to a two-year extension on November 4, 2014. He has led the team to a 177-147 record since 2013.
    Under Francona, the Cleveland Indians finished the 2013 regular season with a record of 92-70, which was a 24-game improvement over the previous year.
    More Details Hide Details The Indians were eliminated from the 2013 MLB playoffs by losing 4-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Wild Card Game. The Indians managed to get nine hits, but no runs off Rays pitcher Alex Cobb.
  • 2012
    Age 52
    The Indians chose Francona over Sandy Alomar Jr., who had served as the club's interim manager for the final six games of the 2012 season after Manny Acta was fired on September 27.
    More Details Hide Details Francona and Alomar, who had spent the past three seasons as a coach in Cleveland, were the only candidates interviewed for the Indians' opening. Alomar stayed in Cleveland in Francona's staff as the bench coach.
    Francona was hired as manager of the Cleveland Indians on October 6, 2012, and officially introduced on October 8.
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    Following the season, the Red Sox declined to exercise Francona's 2012 option.
    More Details Hide Details He finished his Red Sox career with a 744-552 record in the regular season—second to Cronin in victories, but tops in winning percentage (.574) among those of manage at least 750 games—and 28–17 (.622) in the postseason with those two World Series championships.
  • 2011
    Age 51
    On July 23, 2011, Francona got his 1,000th win as a manager, but his team collapsed historically in September, finishing 7-20 and squandering a nine-game lead over the Rays for the AL Wild Card spot.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    On May 6, 2010, Francona became the fourth person to manage 1,000 games for the Red Sox.
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  • 2009
    Age 49
    On June 2, 2009, Francona recorded his 500th win as manager of the Red Sox, making him the third manager in club history to have 500 wins.
    More Details Hide Details The only other two to win at least 500 games as manager of the Red Sox are Joe Cronin (1,071), and Mike Higgins (560).
  • 2008
    Age 48
    As of October 1, 2008, Francona's career regular-season managerial record was 755–703 (.518), while his post-season record was 22–9 (.710).
    More Details Hide Details Among managers who have managed at least 20 post-season games, he has the highest winning percentage. Francona won his first seven playoff elimination games (not losing until being swept by the Chicago White Sox in the 2005 ALDS) and first nine ALCS elimination games (not losing until Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS at the Tampa Bay Rays).
    On February 24, 2008, the Red Sox announced that they had extended Francona's contract.
    More Details Hide Details Instead of expiring at the end of the 2008 season, it would expire after the 2011 season. The team also held club options for 2012 and 2013. Francona was guaranteed a total of $12 million over the first three years of the contract, plus a $750,000 buyout to be received if his 2012 and 2013 options were not exercised.
  • 2005
    Age 45
    During the 2005 season, Francona was hospitalized after complaining of severe chest pains.
    More Details Hide Details Tests revealed significantly clogged arteries, but it was concluded that Francona had not suffered a heart attack. This incident, as well as a life-threatening pulmonary embolism suffered in 2002, painful knees, and ongoing treatment for blood clots, has led to circulation issues which necessitate wearing extra clothes, including two pairs of tights. This is also why his regular uniform top is usually hidden by a pullover. Two years later, the Sox won the AL East Division, finishing two games ahead of the Yankees. Under Francona's leadership, the Sox swept the Angels in the Division Series before dropping three of the first four games to the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS. The Sox, facing elimination, went on to win their next three games, defeating Cleveland to advance to the 2007 World Series, where they swept the Colorado Rockies in four games. Terry Francona is the only manager in Major League history to win his first eight consecutive World Series games and just the second manager to guide two Red Sox clubs to World Series titles, the other being Bill "Rough" Carrigan who led Boston to back-to-back championships in 1915 and 1916.
  • 2004
    Age 44
    As the American League wild card, the Red Sox swept the AL West champion Anaheim Angels, three games to none, in the Division Series. In the 2004 American League Championship Series, the Red Sox fell behind the Yankees, three games to none, including a 19–8 loss in Game 3 at home in Fenway Park.
    More Details Hide Details However, the club regained its composure and won the last four games of the series, the first time in Major League Baseball history that a team rallied from an 0–3 deficit to win a playoff series (only the third team to even make it as far as Game 6, and the only team to even force a Game 7 after trailing a series three games to zero). The Red Sox swept the St. Louis Cardinals 4–0 in the 2004 World Series. The long-awaited victory ended 86 years of frustration for Red Sox fans. It was the sixth title in franchise history.
    Francona led the Red Sox to a 98–64 record in 2004, the second-best record in the American League behind their biggest rival, the New York Yankees.
    More Details Hide Details The club gelled in the second half and won more games than any other team in the American League after the All-Star break.
    The Red Sox hired Francona to manage their club in 2004, after Grady Little's contract was not renewed following the Red Sox loss in the 2003 American League Championship Series.
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    In 2004, Francona was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox, and that year he led the team to its first World Series championship since 1918.
    More Details Hide Details He won another World Series with Boston in 2007 and continued to manage the team until the end of the 2011 season. In 2013, Francona was hired to manage the Cleveland Indians. That year, the Indians won 92 games and lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card game.
  • 2000
    Age 40
    He was fired following the 2000 campaign.
    More Details Hide Details He finished with a 285–363 record. He spent the following season as a special assistant to the general manager with the Cleveland Indians in (2001), which was followed by two one-year terms as a bench coach for the Texas Rangers (2002) and Oakland Athletics (2003).
  • 1999
    Age 39
    His best finish with the Phillies was 77–85 in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details In 1998 and 1999, the Phillies finished in third place, behind the Atlanta Braves and their division-rival New York Mets.
  • 1996
    Age 36
    Francona became third-base coach for the Detroit Tigers in 1996, working under their new skipper, Buddy Bell, a former teammate of Francona on the Reds.
    More Details Hide Details After the season ended, he was hired as manager of the Phillies, who had won the NL pennant in 1993 but then had three consecutive losing seasons. In Francona's four seasons (1997 through 2000) as the Phils' skipper, the club never rose above third place in the National League East.
  • 1995
    Age 35
    He managed in the Dominican Winter League with the Águilas Cibaeñas, and he also won the championship and the Serie del Caribe in 1995–96.
    More Details Hide Details That team included Miguel Tejada, Manny Ramirez, and Tony Batista.
  • 1993
    Age 33
    As manager of the AA franchise Birmingham Barons in 1993–95, he posted a 223-203 record and won two distinctions: Southern League Manager of the Year in 1993, Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year in 1993, and top managerial candidate by Baseball America in 1994, the same year Michael Jordan played for Birmingham. Birmingham won the Southern League championship in 1993.
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  • 1992
    Age 32
    In 1992, he ran the South Bend White Sox of the mid-level Class A Midwest League.
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  • 1991
    Age 31
    After retiring as a player, Francona began coaching, spending several years in the Chicago White Sox organization. In 1991, he managed the rookie league Sarasota White Sox of the Gulf Coast League.
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  • 1989
    Age 29
    He also made an appearance as a pitcher with Milwaukee on May 15, 1989, throwing 12 pitches and striking out one batter (Stan Javier) on three pitches.
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  • 1985
    Age 25
    The Expos released Francona after the 1985 season, during which his batting average had slipped to .267 after posting a .346 average in limited action in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to sign one-year contracts with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, and Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers re-signed Francona for 1990, but he only played in three games for the Brewers that year, the last on April 19. In 10 seasons and 708 games, he posted a .274 career average, with 16 home runs and 143 RBIs.
  • 1982
    Age 22
    Francona married Jacque Lang on January 9, 1982, and they have four children: son Nicholas, and daughters Alyssa, Leah, and Jamie.
    More Details Hide Details Nick played collegiate baseball for the University of Pennsylvania and for a time in the Cape Cod Baseball League. He was a lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Alyssa and Leah played on the University of North Carolina softball team. In 2009, Alyssa was a senior and Leah was a freshman on the team. Jamie currently attends the United States Naval Academy. It was revealed in October 2011 that Francona and Lang had recently separated and that Francona had been living in a hotel room during the baseball season. Francona later admitted that he and Lang were in the final stages of divorcing. He is known for his ever-present wad of chaw. Francona and Indians' third base coach Brad Mills have been best friends since their college playing days and have coached together on the Phillies, Red Sox and Indians.
  • 1981
    Age 21
    After briefly playing in the minor leagues, Francona made his major league debut with Montreal on August 19, 1981, a week after the end of that summer's player strike.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared mainly as an outfielder that first year, and he went 4-for-12 in the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies, an extra playoff round utilized that year because the season was conducted in two halves as the result of the strike. The Expos won that series, three games to two. As the seasons went on, Francona shifted to first base, where he ultimately played one hundred games more than he had in the outfield. He also developed a reputation as a contact hitter, with very few home runs, walks, or strikeouts.
  • 1980
    Age 20
    Francona was drafted in the first round of the 1980 amateur draft by the Montreal Expos, using the 22nd overall selection.
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    Francona won the 1980 Golden Spikes Award.
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    Francona attended the University of Arizona, where he played college baseball for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team. Francona and the Arizona Wildcats won the 1980 College World Series and Francona was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
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  • 1970
    Age 10
    Francona grew up in New Brighton, Pennsylvania, about northwest of Pittsburgh, where he got his start in baseball at High School. His father is Tito Francona, who played outfield for several Major League clubs from 1956 to 1970, including Cleveland from 1959 through 1964.
    More Details Hide Details Francona is of Italian ancestry.
  • 1959
    Born on April 22, 1959.
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