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Terry Francona    

Manager of the MLB's Cleveland Indians; Former Manager of the Boston Red Sox & 2-Time World Series Champion

Terry Francona, is the manager of the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. He was a first baseman and outfielder in the majors from 1981 to 1990. After retiring as a player, he managed several minor league teams in the 1990s before managing the Philadelphia Phillies for four seasons. In 2004, Francona was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox, and that year he led the team to its first World Series championship since 1918. He won another World Series with Boston in 2007 and continued to manage the team until the end of the 2011 season. In 2013, Francona was hired to manage the Cleveland Indians and by his fourth season with the team, led them to an appearance in the 2016 World Series.

Francona was drafted in the first round of the 1980 amateur draft by the Montreal Expos, using the 22nd overall selection. After briefly playing in the minor leagues, Francona made his major league debut with Montreal on August 19, 1981. He played mainly as an outfielder. As the seasons went on, Francona shifted to first base. He also developed a reputation as a contact hitter, with very few home runs, walks, or strikeouts. The Expos released Francona after the 1985 season. He went on to sign one-year contracts with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, and Milwaukee Brewers.

After retiring as a player, Francona began coaching, spending several years in the Chicago White Sox organization. Francona became third-base coach for the Detroit Tigers in 1996. After the season ended, he was hired as manager of the Phillies. The Red Sox hired Francona to manage their club in 2004. Francona led the Red Sox to a 98–64 record in 2004, the second-best record in the American League behind their biggest rival, the New York Yankees. He stayed with the Red Sox until after a losing 2011 season.

Under Francona, the Cleveland Indians finished the 2013 regular season with a record of 92-70. On November 12, 2013, Terry Francona was named as the American League Manager of the Year. Francona managed the Indians to the American League Central Division title in 2016.

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