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Indians 2014 MLB season came up short, but don't expect major changes

The Indians finished with a winning record for the second straight season. The previous time it happened for the franchise was 2000-2001. The Indians played hard from start to finish under manager Terry Francona. Two players, right-hander Corey Kluber and left fielder Michael Brantley, authored monster seasons. Other highlights included 11 walkoff wins. However, the Indians did...
Via Pro Sports Daily
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Brantley emerging as one of AL's best

CLEVELAND – Terry Francona has talked often during the season about how special it has been watching Michael Brantley emerge as one of the top players in the American League. With his fourth-inning single off Alex Colome on Saturday night against Tampa Bay, Brantley entered into some pretty exclusive company. Brantley is the 18th player in franchise history to get 200 hits in...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona disappointed as Indians eliminated

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Terry Francona is well aware of what these final two games mean for the Indians. And, it hurts. "I know what we're playing for now is not to go to the playoffs," Francona said Saturday. "It's disappointing." Cleveland's hopes of reaching the postseason for the second straight season ended Friday night. Although the Indians beat Tampa...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
3 days ago  |  Discuss

9/19 Recap: Francona’s Strange Decisions Cost Tribe Win

Player of the Game Michael Brantley was one of four Indians hitters with at least two hits tonight and both went for extra bases. His solo home run broke the tie in the sixth and, although the Indians added an insurance run the next inning, his home run allowed the Indians to keep the lead when the Twins scored in the bottom of the inning. Brantley also extended his hitting streak...
Via Burning River Baseball
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona Has Questionable Taste

That sound you heard Saturday night was me losing respect for Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona. Tito: “It probably doesnt speak to my maturity but I really like the Zooperstars. I love them. Harry Canary. Clammy Sosa. I love those guys” — Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 13, 2014 I mean, it’s one thing to think it…but for the two-time World Series-winning...
Via Hall of Very Good
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona talks about day off from rainout, doubleheader

CLEVELAND -- The good news is that the Indians got an unscheduled day off Wednesday night after their game against Minnesota was rained out. The bad news is that there is still a stretch of 30 games in 30 days with a doubleheader Thursday. With the rainout, it broke up what could have been the Indians' longest continuous stretch of games since 1968, when they played 42 games...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona keeping an eye on competition

CLEVELAND -- When it comes to scoreboard watching, it really doesn't make a difference if it is September or April for Terry Francona, who says he does it most of the year anyway because it relaxes him. "If I sit there and just stare at our field, I get anxiety and it doesn't help. I think I make better decisions when I'm relaxed," he said. Francona's scoreboard...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #134: Cleveland 3, Kansas City 2

On Saturday, Cleveland defeated Kansas City 3-2 in eleven innings. Cleveland struck out 13 Royals batters, allowed 2 runs, and used seven relievers, six of whom combined to make a grand total of ten outs. Welcome to Terry Francona's Indians in 2014. Enjoy your stay. The liberal use of the bullpen in 2014 has been a point of extreme intrigue, not that the entirety of the bullpen...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Rally Squirrel has Tito Francona reminiscing about chicken

If you thought the squirrel epidemic that's currently spreading throughout Major League Baseball was weird, Terry Francona has news for you. The Rally Squirrel, who visited Progressive Field on Monday night, had the Indians clubhouse buzzing on Tuesday with stories of wildlife encounters on the baseball diamond. Naturally, Tito's tale tops them all. "I remember it was...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels name Francona's son to scouting post

The Angels announced Monday that they have named Nick Francona coordinator of major league player information and promoted Jeremy Zoll to coordinator of advance scouting. Francona, 28, the son of Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona, was a left-handed pitcher at the University of Pennsylvania, but after graduation he gave up pitching to join the Marine Corps, leading a scout...
Via Fox Sports West
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss
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