April 24, 2014

Indians talking to former Red Sox manager Terry Francona

According to Adam the Bull of 92.3 the Fan in Cleveland, the Cleveland Indians are talking with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona following the dismissal of Indians manager Manny Acta. Francona, 53, is currently a broadcaster for ESPN after having his option declined by the Red Sox following the 2011 season.

The Indians, meanwhile, have named Sandy Alomar interim manager and many Tribe fans would obviously be satisfied to see Alomar get a real shot to be the manager of the team. Still, if the Indians can get Francona on board, despite his rocky finish with the Red Sox, he brings a level of success with his two world series rings from 2004 and 2007 when his team knocked the Indians out in the ALCS.

[Related: Manny Acta dismissed, Sandy Alomar named interim manager of Cleveland Indians]

  • Tron

    Great! Now all they have to do is start talking to some major league baseball players and this thing might be in business!

  • boomhauertjs

    Terry, don’t believe what Shaponetti tells you about their great farm system or the Dolan’s willingness to spend “when the time is right.” Signed, Manny

  • Harv 21

    I have no doubt Antonetti is calling him, but I’ll bet my house that won’t happen. Makes zero sense for Francona to risk his legacy for this dysfunctional mess. He can pick his next stop, whenever he feels like it.

  • Clown Baby

    I think the Indians should commit the ultimate troll towards its fanbase and hire Bobby Valentine.

  • Harv 21

    at least that would have amusement value. If Manny couldn’t hold his gas all season without complaining about the roster, Valentine’s head would explode in spring training.

  • playing left out

    if terry is as smart as some sports people think, he wouldn’t touch this organization with a ten foot pole

  • Garry_Owen

    Terry: Slowly, without making sudden movements, hang up the phone. Then back away, again, very slowly. Unplug the phone from the wall. If you have a panic room, go now.

  • dichroic

    I bet ESPN is paying him more money than the Indians will offer…

  • mgbode

    oh, come on now. Francona probably needed a good laugh today. He probably spent the first 5 minutes laughing, composed himself, found out that Antonetti/Shapiro were being serious and got another 10 solid minutes of laughter in.

    and, at random moments today, he’s probably smiling and chuckling about it as well. “Indians manager. Haha. Good one Shapiro.”

  • mgbode

    Boston needs to fire him first. The Red Sox owner talking about how he needs to do a better job of hiring a manager this time around doesn’t quite count :)

  • maxfnmloans

    unless he’s coming for free, this is most likely a token effort to appease the fans. All 7 of them that are left

  • maxfnmloans

    I’m sure he got a good laugh about the story going around that Bobby Valentine said he expects to be back next season. But hey, 2 is better than 1.

  • maxfnmloans

    is it in the Cleveland area? Because those aren’t worth much anymore (I’m in the same boat)

  • Harv 21

    right now Francona is thanking god for mute buttons. “Honey! Pick up the other line, gotta hear this.”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    You assume those major league players would be listening. Take a look at the potential list of free agents and even if the KMart Dolan’s decided to spend who are they going to spend on?

  • mgbode

    we’ll talk to some. Sandy, Charles Nagy perhaps. Oh, you meant “current” MLB players.

  • CBI

    Terry: Hello?
    Antonetti/Shapiro (in chorus): Terry, this is Antonetti and Shapiro of the Cleveland Indians. How would you like to manage for us this season.
    Terry: What?
    Antonetti/Shapiro (in chorus): We would surely like to…
    Terry: [interrupting] Is that you, Valentine? Look, I am hung over, my knees are killing me and if you’re gonna pull this s*** at least you can say you’re from the Yankees.

  • Dee P

    “Oh, I don’t knooowwww…….I got a guy on the other line about some white walls, I’ll talk to ya later, Mark.”

  • Gren

    The only people who would take this job, people who have no shot of coaching a good team. See: Pat Shurmer.

  • thepaledragon

    The top candidate should be Mike Sarbaugh

  • zonk

    You are right, in the perfect world of spending money, Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke could not help this franchise.

  • Bulldogs 3

    I lost interest at ‘according to adam the bull’ … lets get some facts here, not from that opinion