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TERRY FRANCONA RUMORS

Meaningless April? Not this year: 2015 Indians Preview

On a cold, damp and dreary evening in the middle of April, 2013, Terry Francona stood in front of a high-top table that was perched in the middle of the Cleveland Indians’ room to take in questions from the local contingent. His team was 3-5, having just dropped back-to-back games to the New York Yankees, and would have been staring down the barrel of a four-game sweep if not for...
Via Waiting For Next Year
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Francona tells Swisher opening day unlikely

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Terry Francona acknowledged it was unlikely that Nick Swisher would be ready for opening day. And the Cleveland Indians' manager thinks that's just fine. ''We talked to Swish, today,'' Francona said Tuesday. ''We told him opening day is not the final deadline.'' Swisher has been making steady progress in his return from August surgery on both knees. The 34-year...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Spring Training: Club Leaning on Francona for Optimism

  The Indians and the rest of Major League Baseball kicked off Spring Training just over two weeks ago, and there have already been developments in the clubhouse, and things that will affect the Tribe for the remainder of the season. After Gavin Floyd’s routine bullpen session earlier this week, Floyd stopped early due to some soreness in his right elbow. Team doctors had him...
Via Hot Stove MLB
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians prank Bauer after his terrible outing

  If you’re a pitcher who gives up back-to-back-to-back home runs, chances are you’ll be the butt of a few jokes in the clubhouse.   For Trever Bauer, that certainly was the case. The Cleveland Indians starter gave up consecutive solo shots to Chicago Cubs prospects Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant in the fourth inning of their spring training matchup...
Via NESN.com
17 days ago  |  Discuss

“I guarantee every team in the league would take his defense and be thrilled.”

The way defensive metrics rate Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has officially perplexed Terry Francona. In an interview conducted a few days back in Goodyear, Arizona, Francona admitted that, while he has been in the game for quite some time, he has no idea why advanced analytics rate the MVP candidate so poorly. “I have no idea. For the life of me, I can’t understand...
Via Waiting For Next Year
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: February 28, 1988

The Cleveland Indians sign free agent utility man Terry Francona. After five seasons in Montreal and one in Chicago with the Cubs, Francona spent his seventh season in the National League with the Cincinnati Reds in 1987, hitting .227 in 102 games while playing first base and the corner outfield spots. His signing with the Indians made him a second generation player in Cleveland...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona focused on improving abysmal Indians defense

The Cleveland Indians defense in 2014 was unacceptable. Pick any metric—advanced or arcane—and the Tribe, a season ago, may as well have had cinderblocks bound to their cleats and their gloves on the opposite hands. Considering that their poor defense was addressed ad nauseum throughout the entire season, and more so when the AL Central was within spitting distance, it comes...
Via Waiting For Next Year
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians and Terry Francona agree to two-year extension

Unfinished business? Apparently so as the Cleveland Indians and manager Terry Francona have agreed to a two-year contract extension that includes club options for 2019 and 2020. “I really didn’t want to move on from here,” Francona said through a team-released video. “You watch every manager in their first press conference and they say all these things. They’re all true—they...
Via Waiting For Next Year
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Terry Francona writes letter to Indians fans

Entering his second season as manager of the Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona has a message for the fans. Francona, who guided the Tribe to 92 wins in his first year at the helm, wants the fans to know that there's unfinished business he plans to take care of. He adressed the upcoming season in a letter he wrote to the fanbase, published on Indians.com. "This is a great time for...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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