The Plain Dealer’s Paul Hoynes reports that former Phillies and Red Sox manager Terry Francona will interview for the Indians’ managerial position late next week, following Sandy Alomar Jr.’s interview.
“People don’t know me very well if they don’t know I like a challenge,” said Francona from his home in Tucson, Ariz. “I’m excited by a challenge and I’m not afraid of a challenge. Especially, when I can do it with people I respect and care about.”
“Stepping back and getting away for a year really helped me,” said Francona, who has managed 12 years in the big leagues and owns a 1029-915 record. “I wouldn’t be interviewing unless I was extremely excited.”
Asked how much he knew about the Indians, Francona said, “Well, I know a lot more about them that I did yesterday. . .But I don’t need to come in there and tell them about their team.”
The Indians have four games remaining in their season with Alomar running the team on an interim basis.
Kirk Lammers grew up on the Marblehead Peninsula and is a graduate of THE Ohio State University. He now lives in Northeast Ohio, and you can find him at the ballpark, at the Q, or far too often on Twitter (@WFNYKirk)."