Terry Francona, who guided the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles, has been named manager of the Cleveland Indians.
CLEVELAND — Terry Francona is getting back with one of his baseball families.
Francona, who guided the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles, has been named manager of the Cleveland Indians, a team that collapsed in the second half this season after a promising first four months.
Francona, 53, will be introduced as Cleveland’s 42nd manager during a Monday news conference. He has a 1,029-915 record in 12 major-league seasons.
“I’m really excited,” Francona said on the air as an ESPN analyst, his job for the past season. “People who don’t know me may have thought I was looking for something different.”
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The Indians chose Francona over Sandy Alomar Jr., who served as the team’s interim manager for the final six games after Manny Acta was fired Sept. 27. Francona and Alomar, who spent the past three seasons as a coach in Cleveland, were the only ones to interview for the Indians’ opening.
Alomar has been offered a spot on Francona’s staff, most likely as bench coach.
After he was fired as Philadelphia’s manager, Francona worked in Cleveland’s front office as an adviser in 2001. He batted .311 in 62 games for Cleveland in 1988 and his father, Tito, played with the Indians from 1959 to 1964.
Francona has stayed close with Indians president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti.
• Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen to the Sun Sentinel newspaper on why the team went 69-93: “Let’s start from the top. Front office failed. Ozzie failed. Coaching staff failed. The players failed. Everybody failed.”