TERRY FRANCONA NEWS

Francona doesn't see how shifts can be eliminated

CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona has read about new Commissioner Rob Manfred's ideas for improving baseball, but there is one that the Indians manager doesn't ever see happening --“ limiting or eliminating defensive shifts. During a Monday taping of an Indians town hall event, Francona said that he thought Manfred was discussing not closing himself off to any ideas, but that one seems...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Tribe Fest Provides Fans Relief From Winter Doldrums

A little bit of cold in the air, construction work all around, and plenty of snow covering the field at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario could not keep the legions of baseball fans in Cleveland from coming to the Indians’ home on Saturday to celebrate life as a Tribe fan. The third annual Tribe Fest is well under way, with the Friday night VIP session and two of the three weekend...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Time flies: Indians celebrating '95 AL championship team

CLEVELAND -- This weekend's Tribe Fest marked the beginning of looking back at the 1995 American League championship team. During Saturday's afternoon session Sandy Alomar, Paul Assenmacher, Dennis Martinez and Charles Nagy took part in a roundtable session on the main stage before participating in an autograph session. The big celebration for the team will be on Fathers' Day weekend...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Statues, bobbleheads and jerseys galore: Indians release 2015 promotional schedule

With Opening Day less than 80 days away, the Cleveland Indians have outfitted fans with a wish list of sorts thanks to the release of their 2015 Promotional Schedule. This year will feature 18 different promotional items including five replica jerseys, four bobbleheads and a Larry Doby replica statue. In addition to celebrating the current roster, the team will also pay homage to...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians announce 2015 promotional schedule

Cleveland, OH--The Cleveland Indians have released the team's 2015 promotional schedule, which features 18 promotional items including five replica jerseys, four bobbleheads and a Larry Doby replica statue. The Indians are excited to celebrate the roster's young stars, with bobbleheads featuring Corey Kluber and his 2014 Cy Young award (June 6, courtesy of Sugardale), All-Star and...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians' Francona upbeat with month to go until spring training

CLEVELAND -- With Tribe Fest going on this weekend and players and coaches coming into town, Indians manager Terry Francona met with beat writers and covered a variety of topics as the countdown to spring training begins to ramp up. Here are the five biggest topics that Francona discussed in 51 minutes: TRAINING ROOM: Nick Swisher (knees) and Brandon Moss (hip) will be examined by...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Key Seasons Looming For Tribe’s Highly-Paid Free Agents

Two offseasons ago, the normally low-spending Cleveland Indians shocked the baseball world when they broke the bank on a pair of high-priced free agents. A team loaded, with good, young talent the Tribe decided it was a couple of good, veteran players away from being a postseason contender. This was right on the heels of hiring veteran, World Series-winning manager Terry Francona...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona already set for spring training

With 43 days remaining until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, Terry Francona noted on Tuesday that his excitement level about the upcoming season is more than usual, which is saying something. Francona though has said during the offseason that it took him less time to bounce back from the previous year. "Everyone seems chomping at the bit to get going and the division...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona’s Leadership an Enviable Trait the Rest of Cleveland Covets

Sunday was a tough day to be a Cleveland sports fan. A day after officially not having a championship in 50 years, the Cleveland Browns completed another season of disappointment and turmoil. Amidst stories and leaks of players showing up late, missing walkthroughs and meetings the Browns lost their final five games of the season and will head into the offseason still searching for...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Amazin’ Fearless Forecast: 2017 Opening Day Roster

It is April 1, 2017. It seems hard to believe but just two and a half years ago, the New York Mets fan base was wallowing in the disappointment of another boring off-season and the prospect of another lackluster regular season. Fast forward to the spring of 2017 and the outlook is much more exciting. This year’s Mets team is coming off their first postseason appearance since 2006...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Omar! My Life On & Off the Field – Omar Vizquel with Bob Dyer

In 2002, despite being a decade away from the end of his playing career, Omar Vizquel felt the need to record the details of his career in his official auto-biography, Omar!: My Life On and Off the Field. Whether he was trying to cash in one more time on the success of the 1990’s (which was obviously coming to an end), get things off his chest (like in Terry Francona’s Red Sox...
Via Burning River Baseball
December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Catching Up With Rick Waits

Former pitcher Rick Waits will always be remembered in Cleveland as a solid lefthander who won 74 games for the Indians over a nine year stretch, but baseball history will likely remember him for one game that led to one of baseball’s most historic moments. On the last day of the season in 1978, Waits was the starter for the sixth-place Tribe at Yankee Stadium against the first...
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December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe Happenings: Indians have come a long way in two years

Some news, notes and thoughts from my Indians notebook… Then and Now I know the popular approach in Cleveland these days is to ridicule the Indians for their lack of activity in the offseason, but if you step back and look where this team is now compared to two years ago at this time it is amazing the turnaround they have enjoyed. In fact, with all the changes implemented over...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

My Sportsman of the Year: Terry Francona

Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Sadly, that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover. In turn, WFNY will soon announce its choice for 2014’s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an WFNY writer. Here are some things that are true: The Cleveland...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians will pay more attention to defense during Spring Training

SAN DIEGO -- Since the middle of last season, Terry Francona and Chris Antonetti have had many conversations about how to fix a defense that was the worst in the majors. The Indians' 116 errors in 2014 were the most since 2006, when they had 118. With a little more than two months until the start of Spring Training, Francona said there will be a greater focus on live drills. "We...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Francona has seen Moss make big strides

SAN DIEGO -- When Terry Francona had Brandon Moss in Boston during the 2007 and '08 seasons, Moss was a young player trying to establish himself. With the Indians acquiring Moss from Oakland on Monday, Francona is getting an established power hitter who he has seen make a lot of strides. "When he left Boston, even by his account, I think he was almost out of baseball. Then he kind...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians start fun holiday promotion on Twitter

With the holidays right around the corner, the Cleveland Indians have decided to giveaway prizes through contests via social media. The #12DaysofTribe promotion began Monday with the team asking fans for their best Tom Hamilton home run call impression. The winner would win tickets for a game in April or May and be able to visit Hammy and Jim Rosenhaus in the booth. Kent State University...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Ex-Red Sox Brandon Moss Traded To Terry Francona’s Indians

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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Moss rumors continue as Indians head to Winter Meetings

SAN DIEGO -- Two months into the offseason the only news the Indians have generated heading into next season has been renovations to Progressive Field and signing Terry Francona to an extension. Hopefully that will change as the Winter Meetings begin in earnest on Monday and continue through Thursday. The Tribe is coming off back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2001...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 07, 2014  |  Discuss

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
November 20, 2014  |  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...
Via NESN.com
November 20, 2014  |  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
November 19, 2014  |  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...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
November 16, 2014  |  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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November 12, 2014  |  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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November 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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