Shortly after the Cleveland Indians announced the termination of manager Manny Acta, it was reported that the team had interest in former Boston Red Sox skipper Terry Francona. Per Peter Gammons, this interest appears to be a two-way street.
There is mutual interest between Francona and Indians. They’ll all know better after weekend. Peace, love and understanding may be >$
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) September 28, 2012
Gammons, naturally, is plugged in to the Boston scene and has nothing to gain from spreading false rumors about the team’s former manager. The operative word, however, continues to be “interest,” as this has varying levels of degree.
Francona, 53, is currently a broadcaster for ESPN after having his option declined by the Red Sox following the 2011 season. Playing for the Indians in 1988, he hit .311 in 212 at-bats. His father, Tito, was with the Tribe between 1959-1964, garnering league MVP votes in 1959 and an All-Star appearance in 1961.