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Terry Francona #77

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Managerial/Coaching Career

Francona has 16 years of Major League managerial experience, compiling a record of 1381-1209 (.533) for Phila-delphia (1997-2000), Boston (2004-11) and Cleveland (2013-16)...His 1381 wins currently rank 5th among active Major League managers...Has received BBWAA Manager of the Year votes in 9 different seasons, including three of his four seasons with Cleveland (2013-14, '16) and two A.L. Manager of the Year Awards in 2013 and 2016...Also named Baseball America MLB Manager of the year in 2007 and 2016....Francona has guided a team to at least 90 wins 8 times in his career, most among active managers...Owns 12 consecutive winning seasons, the longest streak by any active MLB manager and longest by any skipper since Joe Torre's 14-year streak (1996-2009)...Saw a streak of 9 consecutive seasons with 86+ wins come to an end in 2014, which stands as the 6th-longest by any manager in MLB history...Has guided his teams to the MLB Postseason on 7 different occasions (including 2013 & 2016 with Cleveland), compiling an all-time winning pct. of .623 (38-23) in the playoffs, which stands as the 2nd-best mark in MLB history (min 25G) behind Joe McCarthy (.698, 30-13)...Won the first 9 World Series games he managed, the most wins w/o a loss in the history of the Fall Classic...Has won 9 of 13 playoff series overall (excluding 2013 )...One of 17 managers in MLB history who have managed two or more teams in a World Series.

INDIANS: Since being named the 42nd manager in Cleveland Indians history on Oct. 8, 2012, has posted the A.L.'s best record from 2013-16 at 352-294 (.545) with a pair of Postseason berths, the 2nd-most wins of any manager in Indians history through his first four seasons...2016: In his 12th consecutive winning season, guided the Indians to their 8th A.L. Central title at 94-67 (.584), 2nd-best record in A.L., 4th in Majors and guided the club to tis sixth A.L. pennant... 2015: Went 81-80 (.503) for 11th straight winning season; club was 74-66 (.529) beg. May 1...2014: Notched 10th consecutive season with 85+ wins, managing Tribe to a 85-77 (.525) record; finished 5th in A.L. Manager of the Year voting...2013: Named A.L. Manager of the Year in first year with Cleveland after guiding team to 92-70 (.568) record, 4th-best in the A.L., T7th-best in 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)...Among Divisional Era (since 1969)managers in their first ever season with a team, was tied for the 8th-largest such win improvement, although Francona was just the 7th skipper on that list to win 90+ games in the process of helping his team win at least 24 more games than previous season...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 AA Birmingham MGR in White Sox system from 1992-96, earning Southern League MGR of the Year honors & 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, 1980-90...Was drafted in 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 HR came 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 MLB 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), as well as two grandchildren...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, 81, 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 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)...Toured Italy with Team USA in 1978...Graduated from New Brighton (PA) High School in 1977...With both 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 local military, Cleveland Indians Charities and TribeFest during his tenure with Cleveland...Donated $1 million to the Arizona baseball program in Jan. 2017....Donation targeted for the baseball capital projects fund, which will include an indoor hitting facility.

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