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Terry Francona #17

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Managerial/Coaching Career
SUMMARY: Francona has 13 years of Major League managerial experience, compiling a record of 1121-985 (.532) for Philadelphia (1997-2000), Boston (2004-11) and Cleveland (2013)...His 1121 wins currently rank 4th among active Major League managers...Has received BBWAA Manager of the Year votes in 7 different seasons...In 2013 Francona guided a team to at least 90 wins for the 7th time in his career, most among active managers and won his first career A.L. Manager of the Year Award (previous-high finish was 4th, three times)...Second Indians MGR to be so honored (Eric Wedge, 2007)...Marked the first time Francona ever received a first place tally in the six previous votes...With 9 consecutive winning seasons, the longest streak by any active skipper, Tito has notched at least 86 wins in each of those campaigns - good for the 6th-longest streak by any manager in MLB history...Has guided his teams to the MLB Postseason on 6 different occasions (including 2013 w/CLE), compiling an all-time winning pct. of .609 (28-18) in the playoffs, which stands as the 2nd-best mark in MLB history (min 25G) behind Joe McCarthy (.698, 30-13)...Has won all 8 World Series games he has managed, the most wins w/o a loss in the history of the Fall Classic.
2013 SEASON: In his first season as Cleveland's manager, Francona guided the Indians to a 92-70 (.568) record, 4th-best in the A.L. and T7th-best in the Majors...The 92 wins were 24 more than the Indians recorded in 2012 (68-94), matching the largest win improvement in franchise history (1986: +24, 84-78) when removing the impact of strike-shortened seasons ('81, '94)...Named 42nd Manager in Cleveland Indians history on October 8, 2012, bringing more than 30 years of professional baseball experience to the organization as a player, coach and manager...2012: Spent season as an analyst for ESPN, primarily providing studio work and color commentary on the Sunday Night Baseball telecast with Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser...RED SOX YEARS (2004-11): Led Boston 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, as the Red Sox (.574, 744-552) posted the 2nd-highest win pct. in MLB over that span behind the Yankees (.595, 771-525); 2004 title ended an 86-year drought (1918)...His 744 wins with the Red Sox rank second in the 112-year history of the franchise, while .574 win pct. was 2nd-best in Sox history behind Joe McCarthy (.606)...Only Francona and Joe Cronin (13, 1935-47) managed the Red Sox more than 7 consecutive full seasons...2001-03: Special Asst. to Baseball Ops in Cleveland under Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti...Jerry Narron's Bench Coach in Texas (2002)...Ken Macha's Bench Coach in Oakland (2003)...MANAGERIAL DEBUT: Guided the Philadelphia Phillies from 1997-2000, raising club's win total in first 3 of 4 seasons...At 37, became youngest MGR in MLB on Oct. 30, 1996...1992-96: Was Double-A Birmingham MGR in White Sox system from 1992-96, earning Southern League MGR of the Year honors and Baseball America MGR of the Year honors in 1993...Managed Michael Jordan during '94 season...Buddy Bell's Third Base Coach in Detroit (1996).

Playing Career
Played professionally for 11 seasons from 1980-90...Was drafted in the first round by Montreal in 1980 (22nd overall)...Played parts of 10 seasons in the Major Leagues as a first baseman/outfielder from 1981-90 and split the 1988 season between Cleveland and AAA Colorado Springs...First big league homer came on Sept 16, 1981 off Bruce Sutter after making his debut with Montreal on 8/19/81 at Houston...First two big league seasons were derailed by knee problems and was limited to just 46 games in 1982 after hitting .321 due to right knee surgery...Was hitting .346 in 1984 before season-ending left knee surgery...Career ended in 1990.

Full name TERRY JOHN FRANCONA...Has four children: Nicholas (7/11/85), Alyssa (4/7/87), Leah (1/27/90) and Jamie (11/24/93)...Nick was a LHP at the University of Pennsylvania... His father, Tito, played 15 years in the Major Leagues from 1956-70, six of which came with the Indians from 1959-64...Tito, 79, was an American League All-Star (1961), hit .363 in 1959 and led the AL in doubles in 1960 (36) and still resides in New Brighton, PA...Was a White House dinner guest in 2008...Attended the University of Arizona, where he played 3 seasons from 1978-80...Won Golden Spikes Award as a junior in 1980, which is given annually to the nation's top amateur player...Hit .401 that year and was also named college Player of the Year by the Sporting News...Batted .458 in the College World Series for 1980 CWS champs and was named series MVP...In May 2010 was selected to the CWS Legends Team (UA also appeared in 1979)...Picked by the Cubs in 2nd round of 1977 draft (did not sign)...Graduated from New Brighton (PA) High School in 1977...In addition to being active with the Jimmy Fund w/the Sox, he also purchased tickets for military members and veterans to every Sunday home game and in 2010 served as the Honorary Co-Chair for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation....2013 recipient of the Stand-Up Guy Award from the New England Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame.

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