Arizona alum Francona to manage Cleveland Indiansby Christopher C. Wuensch on Oct. 06, 2012, under Sports
Terry Francona ended one team’s World Series futility. Now he’s gunning for another’s.
The Associated Press is reporting that the University of Arizona alum will sign on to manage the Cleveland Indians next season. An official announcement is expected Monday.
Francona is somewhat of a folk hero in Boston where, in 2004, he guided the Red Sox to their first World Series title in 86 years. Tito went 744-522 in eight seasons as skipper of the BoSox, the best winning percentage ever among Boston managers. But things turned sour at the end of the 2011 season amid player turmoil and Francona was unceremoniously given his walking papers.
Prior to that, he managed the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997-2000. All told, he joins the Tribe with a 1,029-915 record.
The Indians haven’t won a World Series since beating the Boston (ironically) Braves in the 1948 Fall Classic. Cleveland finished the season 68-94, despite being in first place as late as July.
Francona’s father — the real Tito Francona — played for the Tribe from 1959-64.