Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - According to multiple reports, the Cleveland
Indians have reached agreement with former Boston Red Sox manager Terry
Francona to become their new skipper.
FOXSports.com reported on Saturday that the Indians will hire Francona, who
guided the Red Sox to a pair of World Series titles during a mostly successful
eight-year run that ended following a late-season collapse in 2010. In
addition, interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. told the Cleveland Plain Dealer
that the team informed him of its plans to bring in Francona.
Francona compiled a 744-552 record with the Red Sox and directed Boston to
five postseason appearances, including the memorable 2004 run that ended the
franchise's infamous 86-year drought without a world championship. The 53-
year-old also helped the Red Sox to a four-game sweep of Colorado to capture
the 2007 World Series.
His final season in Boston was far more tumultuous, however, with the Red Sox
orchestrating the largest collapse in major league history by squandering a
nine-game lead for the American League wild card after a 7-20 September.
Francona also piloted the Philadelphia Phillies for four seasons from
1997-2000 and has previous ties with the Indians, having served as a special
assistant under current team president Mark Shapiro in 2001.
According to FOXSports.com, the Indians are expected to officially announce
Francona's addition on Monday.
Cleveland fired manager Manny Acta on Sept. 27, with bench coach Alomar taking
over head duties for the final six games. The Indians completed the season
with a 69-94 record and a fourth-place finish in the AL Central.
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