Indians introduce Terry Francona as team’s Manager
Terry Francona was formally named the 42nd Manager of the Cleveland Indians today at a press conference at Progressive Field.
Francona, 53, brings more than 30 years of professional baseball experience to the Indians organization as a player, coach and manager. He has 12 years of Major League managing experience, five playoff appearances, and two World Series titles in his career thus far.
He most recently led the Boston Red Sox to five playoff appearances, six seasons of 90 or more victories and two World Series titles (2004, 2007) over an eight-season span from 2004-11.
Over his career, Francona has earned a reputation for developing young players, motivating veterans, and getting the most out of his teams.
“We’re going to compete,” declared Francona at Monday’s press conference. “We’re always going to compete. We may not win every game, but we won’t back down from anyone.”
In 2013, he will lead a team filled with potential, with a core of young players including Cody Allen, Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera, Lonnie Chisenhall, Jason Kipnis, Corey Kluber, Justin Masterson, Zach McAllister and Carlos Santana.
“Players are players, and my job is whether a guy is 19 years old, or 21, or 31, or 36 – my job is to try to get the most out of them as a player,” said Francona.
”The goal here is for me to spend all my energy trying to insure that these players play the game correctly and with respect. So, when people are in Cleveland they are proud to say they are a Cleveland Indians fan.”
–TribeVibe contributor Max Lom