SUMMARY: Francona has 15 years of Major League managerial experience, compiling a record of 1287-1142 (.530) for Philadelphia (1997-2000), Boston (2004-11) and Cleveland (2013-15)...His 1287 wins currently rank fourth among active Major League managers...Has received BBWAA Manager of the Year votes in eight different seasons, including his first two campaigns with Cleveland (2013-14)...Francona has guided a team to at least 90 wins seven times in his career, most among active managers...Owns 11 consecutive winning seasons, the longest streak by any active skipper...Saw a streak of nine consecutive seasons with 86-plus wins come to an end in 2014, which stands as the sixth-longest by any manager in MLB history...His 11 straight winning managerial seasons are the most by a MLB manager since Joe Torre (1996-2009)...Has guided his teams to the MLB Postseason on six different occasions (including 2013 with Cleveland), compiling an all-time winning pct. of .609 (28-18) in the playoffs, which stands as the second-best mark in MLB history (min 25G) behind Joe McCarthy (.698, 30-13)...Has won all eight World Series games he has managed, the most wins w/o a loss in the history of the Fall Classic...Has won seven of 10 playoff series overall (excluding 2014).
INDIANS: Has steered Cleveland to a combined record of 258-227 (.532) from 2013-15, the third-most victories of any manager in Indians history through his first three seasons (STATS LLC)... 2015: Recorded his 11th straight winning season as club went 74-66 (.529) from May 1 thru the end of the season...2014: Notched his 10th consecutive season with 85-plus wins, managing the Indians to a record of 85-77 (.525), finished fifth in A.L. Manager of the Year voting... 2013: In his first season as Cleveland's Manager, Francona was named A.L. Manager of the Year after guiding the Indians to a 92-70 (.568) record, fourth-best in the A.L. and tied for seventh-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: plus-24, 84-78) when removing the impact of strike-shortened seasons ('81, '94)...Among Divisional Era (since 1969) managers in their first ever season with a team, that's tied for the eighth-largest such win improvement, although Francona was just the seventh skipper on that list to win at least 90 games in the process of helping his team win at least 24 more games than previous season...Named 42nd Manager in Cleveland Indians history on October 8, 2012...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 second-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 second-best in Sox history behind Joe McCarthy (.606)...Only Francona and Joe Cronin (13, 1935-47) managed the Red Sox more than seven 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 three of four seasons...At 37, became youngest manager in MLB on Oct. 30, 1996...1992-96: Was Double-A Birmingham manager in White Sox system from 1992-96, earning Southern League Manager of the Year honors and Baseball America Manager of the Year honors in 1993...Managed Michael Jordan during '94 season...Buddy Bell's third base coach in Detroit (1996).
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 Triple-A 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...Appeared in the NLDS and NLCS for Montreal in 1981...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), and one grandchild...Nick currently works in baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers...Terry's father, Tito, played 15 years in the Major Leagues from 1956-70, six of which came with the Indians from 1959-64...Tito, 80, 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...Terry was a White House dinner guest in 2008...Attended the University of Arizona, where he played three 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 second round of 1977 Draft (did not sign)...Toured Italy with Team USA in 1978...Graduated from New Brighton (PA) High School in 1977...With the Red Sox and Indians has 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...Very active with the local military, Cleveland Indians Charities and TribeFest during his tenure with the Indians.