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Indians, Francona agree on contract extension

November 4, 2014
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The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has agreed on a two-year contract extension through 2018 with manager Terry Francona that includes club options for 2019 and 2020.

Francona, 55, has led the Indians to consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 2000-2001, compiling a mark of 177-147 (.546) over his two-year tenure with the Indians that began in October of 2012. His 177 wins and .546 winning pct. rank 4th and 5th-best, respectively, in club history among managers through their first two seasons.

The New Brighton, PA native owns a 14-year Major League career managerial record of 1206-1062 (.532), the 4th-most wins among active big league managers. Dating back to 2004 with Boston, Francona’s teams have posted winning records for 10 consecutive seasons, the longest such managerial streak since 2009 (Joe Torre), in addition to a pair of World Series titles and six postseason appearances.

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November 6, 2014 - 12:58 PM EST
The Francona signing may or may not be a good move. Reality is not the move this organization needs so desperately to make. It is just a distraction from what really has to be done. WE NEED A MIDDLE OF THE ORDER HITTER. Last year our hitting was awful... with Francona at the helm... and it will still be , unless they stop giving us excuses for not bringing in an impact bat. All we ever hear year after year is who they cannot sign. It is time for Dolan and Antonetti to step up. Stop bringing in these utility fringe type players and bring in a hitter who can make a difference. We have wasted enough good pitching over the last three years. Consistently scoring only 1or 2 runs game after game after game is not going to take us to the playoffs.

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