Red Sox Say, “Screw the Youth Movement,” Sign Sandoval and Ramirez

If history — or, I should say, recent Red Sox history — has taught us anything, it is that a **** year is normally followed by drastic measures. 2003’s meltdown brought us Terry Francona and Curt Schilling. 2006’s end to a three-year postseason streak brought us Josh Beckett and Daisuke Matsuzaka. 2010’s third-place finish brought us Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez....
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Terry Francona's reaction to a player's 'double dare' is priceless

Major League Baseball players have been over in Japan for the MLB Japan All-Star Series -- and plenty of fun has been had from Carlos Santana dressing like a samurai to Yasiel Puig embracing the culture. But the in-flight shenanigans involving Los Angeles Angels pitcher Hector Santiago and Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona may be the funniest item to surface yet. Santiago...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Hector Santiago Kisses Sleeping Terry Francona During Flight (Video)

A sleepy Terry Francona awoke to a surprise during a recent flight to Okinawa, Japan. A team of major leaguers wrapped up their 2014 Japan All-Star Series on Thursday morning. It’s never too late for team bonding, though, and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Hector Santiago accepted a unique dare en route to the team’s final game. Someone — for reasons unknown — dared Santiago...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels Pitcher Hector Santiago Kisses Terry Francona’s Bald Head

Cleveland Indians manager and MLB All-Stars coach Terry Francona will never sit comfortably in a plane again. While en route to Okinawa for...
Via Busted Coverage
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Building a Wahoo Winner: Bolster an already good bullpen

Thus far in the “Building A Wahoo Winner” series, I’ve outlined four steps that will allow for the Indians to legitimately compete for a 2015 World Series title:  Get Swisher, Bourn Back to Form Improve the Defense A Healthy Return for Kipnis Establish Arms Behind Kluber Each of those steps involves a certain player or a couple of players improving in one facet of the game...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: November 12, 2013

In his first season at the helm of the Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona is recognized by Major League Baseball as its American League Manager of the Year. Francona is honored for the first time in his career with the award, despite winning two World Series with the Boston Red Sox. Tito took a rebuilt Tribe team to a 92-70 record and into the AL Wild Card game with a ten-game winning...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians Offseason Plans Begin to Take Focus

With the conclusion of the World Series, contract options picked up or declined and qualifying offers extended the offseason is in official full swing. For the Indians, they’ve had about six weeks to evaluate how their 2014 season, with the goal of Unfinished Business, became one of Royal Disappointment. The Tribe has quietly already been busy. Two weeks ago the Indians exercised...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Baseball’s gain is the TV viewer’s loss

The long-rumored departure of Fox Sports MLB analyst Gabe Kapler gained even more steam on Thursday when a nugget floated down the Twitter stream stating that Kapler would be joining the Los Angeles Dodgers front office as their farm director. And while Kapler getting back into the game and off our television screens is awesome for him, it sucks for television viewers. Kapler quickly...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona's impact

The Cleveland Indians just made their biggest and best move off the offseason by extending manager Terry Francona through the 2018 season with club options for 2019 and 2020. I know some will read that and groan at ownership for not spending money and rightfully so.  In the five seasons prior to Francona the team averaged 72.6 wins, yet in the two seasons Francona has managed...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona Extension Demonstrates Mutual Desire for Success

The 2013 off-season ushered in a new chapter of Cleveland Indians baseball. The 2012 season had ended with the firing of Manny Acta, a paltry, losing record, and Sandy Alomar Jr. closing the season as interim manager. If one thing was clear, it was that something drastic had to be done to keep the team relevant, exciting, and, above all, to get them to win. Cue Terry Francona. Fracona’s...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Storylines: Indians lock up Francona through 2020

Top Stories The worries of Terry Francona leaving the Indians anytime soon can be eput to rest as he isn’t going anywhere for at least another few years. He was originally signed to a four year deal,  but on Tuesday was rewarded with a two-year extension through 2018 that also includes club option years in 2019 and 2020. “Being part of the solution is really what I wanted...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

What the Francona Extension Means to You

The Indians have just announced a two year extension for Terry Francona, despite the fact that he was still under contract through 2016. The exact financial details of the deal are not available, but it can expected to be similar to his last contract signed with Cleveland. In addition to covering the 2017 and 2018 seasons, the new deal has two team options for 2019 and 2020, so,...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Locking up Francona allows Indians to continue moving forward

CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona's contract extension would have been completed earlier if it weren't for one slight hitch -- he didn't know what his proposal to general manager Chris Antonetti should be since Francona didn't know how much he was making. If only other bosses had that luxury. "I thought about it for a couple days and I emailed him, 'Before I send...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona Contract Extension A Sensible Move By Cleveland Indians

It wasn’t like Terry Francona was walking out the door. He didn’t need to be. The Cleveland Indians obviously realize they have the right man for their managerial job. The Tribe thus made a very sensible move Tuesday in agreeing to a two-year contract extension with Francona despite the skipper already being under team control through the 2016 season. It’s often difficult to...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Ink Tito To Two-Year Contract Extension

USATSIThe Cleveland Indians have signed former Red Sox manager Terry Francona to a new two-year contract extension. No financial terms were disclosed, but the deal would cement Tito in The Mistake By The Lake through the 2018 season. Francona was the skipper on two Red Sox World Championship teams (2004, 2007) and was fired after the 2011 season—amid some serious backstabbing by...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians sign manager Francona to 2-year extension

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have signed manager Terry Francona to a two-year contract extension through 2018. The deal announced Tuesday includes club options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Francona's previous contract was set to expire in 2016. The 55-year-old Francona, who won two World Series titles with Boston, has led Cleveland to consecutive winning seasons for the first...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona Agrees To Two-Year Contract Extension With Indians

Manager Terry Francona has been rewarded. Francona agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cleveland Indians, the team announced Tuesday. The skipper’s deal, which now runs through 2018, also includes club options for 2019 and 2020. Francona’s previous four-year contract with the Indians ran through the 2016 season. He’s enjoyed success in his two seasons at the helm...
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21 days ago  |  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...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians, Francona agree on contract extension

The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has agreed on a two-year contract extension through 2018 with manager Terry Francona that includes club options for 2019 and 2020. Francona, 55, has led the Indians to consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2000-2001, compiling a mark of 177-147 (.546) over his two-year tenure with the Indians that began in October of...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona, Indians agree to two-year extension

 CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona talked often this past season about how much he has enjoyed managing in Cleveland. On Tuesday, the Indians ensured that Francona will be here for at least the next four seasons.  The club has announced that they have agreed to a two-year extension with Francona that includes a club option for 2019 and '20. Francona, who just finished his second...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Maddon Is Finally First In Theo's Eyes

Eleven years ago, Joe Maddon was the bridesmaid and Terry Francona was the bride. Despite a good interview with Red Sox GM Theo Epstein, it was the quirky Tito who got the manager's nod over the quirky Joe. Now, Maddon will finally gain the favor of His Theo-Ness as the Cubs introduce the former Rays skipper as their own manager today. Since that first meeting, Maddon has certainly...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

The Boston Red Sox Should Explore Upgrading at Manager

Bryce Brentz #73 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after striking out with the bases loaded against the New York Yankees during the last game of the season at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/Getty Images) The Boston Red Sox made a terrible mistake by overreacting in 2012 and replacing manager Terry Francona with Bobby Valentine. That desire to shake up...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tribe's challenge in closing the gap in AL Central (Part 1)

With the Kansas City Royals finally realizing their promise after years of being picked as the darlings of prognosticators everywhere, one has to ask the question, “Why are the Royals good?” And for that matter, what makes the Giants any good, either? Before setting out to examine the three contenders of the AL Central, what strikes me immediately about the two teams in the...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Construction and new renovations ongoing at Progressive Field

CLEVELAND—Not even a month into the offseason, Terry Francona already has his bullpen warming. On Tuesday, two excavators sat side-by-side on a mound of dirt in the area once called the Indians bullpen. Come next year, the section will house relievers from both the home and visiting teams, marking one of the several new changes fans will see at Progressive Field in 2015. Just four...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians ask fans about Wahoo, popular players in survey

It’s that time of year again and the Cleveland Indians want to know what their fans and season ticket holders think. Not a lot of surprising questions, per usual. The Indians once again asked about all their various uniforms and Chief Wahoo himself. They also asked for a ranking of the top five Cleveland Indians, which makes sense. One slight wrinkle though: They included manager...
Via Waiting For Next Year
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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