Named 42nd Manager in Cleveland Indians history on October 8, 2012... Brings more than 30 years of professional baseball experience to the Indians organization as a player, coach and manager...He most recently led the Boston Red Sox 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...He has 12 years of Major League managerial experience, having compiled a record of 1029-915 (.529), and previously guided the Philadelphia Phillies over four seasons from 1997-2000...His 744 wins with the Red Sox rank second in the 112-year history of the franchise and he has received BBWAA Manager of the Year votes in 6 different seasons during his 12-year managerial career...Only Francona and Joe Cronin (13, 1935-47) managed the Red Sox more than 7 consecutive full seasons...His 1029 wins currently rank 7th among active Major League managers...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...2011 Recorded 6th season of at least 90 wins in Boston...Final season was undone by September mark of 7-20 as Sox did not exercise his 2012 club option...Picked up his 1000th Major League managerial win on 7/23 vs SEA...From 2004-11 Red Sox had the 2nd best winning pct in MLB next to the Yankees as he ended his Red Sox stint w/a .574 winning pct, 2nd-best in Sox history next to Joe McCarthy (.606)...2010 Finished with the 5th best overall record in the AL, missing the playoffs...Finished 4th in the AL BBWAA Manager of the Year voting...Earned 900th MLB win on 7/9 at TOR...2009 95 wins were good enough for the AL Wildcard as he made the playoffs 5 of his first 6 seasons in Boston...Swept by Angels in the ALDS...Owns a career postseason record of 28-17 (.622), the 2nd-best mark in MLB history (min 25G) behind Joe McCarthy (.698, 30-13)...Won 7 of 10 playoff series'...2008 Placed 4th in AL MGR of the Year voting...Sox advanced to the ALCS against Tampa Bay after defeating the LA Angels in the first round...2007 Selected MLB Manager of the Year by Baseball America and by the Boston BBWAA chapter...Placed 4th in the AL MGR of Year voting as the Sox captured their 2nd World Series title in four seasons, including a hard-fought 7-game series win over Cleveland in the ALCS...96 wins tied Cleveland for the best mark in MLB...Has won all 8 World Series games he has managed, the most wins w/o a loss in the history of the Fall Classic...One of two Red Sox managers w/2 World Series titles (Bill Carrigan, 1915-16)...2005 AL Wildcard after tying NYY for the division crown (lost season series to NYY)...Became first Sox Manager to record postseason appearances in his first two seasons as MGR...2004 Guided Sox to first World Series title since 1918, breaking an 86-year drought...5th place in AL MGR of Year voting...Led Sox to a 98-64 (.605) record in regular season and AL Wildcard behind NYY...2003 Bench Coach for Ken Macha in Oakland...2002 Jerry Narron's Bench Coach in Texas...2001 Spent the campaign as the Special Assistant to Baseball Operations in Cleveland under Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonetti...Also guided Team USA to a 7-3 record and a silver medal in the 2001 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan...1997-2000 Spent 4 seasons in Philadelphia, improving each season over the first three campaigns, 1997-99....Became the youngest MLB Manager at 37 on 10/30/96...Received a 6th place vote in the NL Manager of the Year voting in 1997...1996 MLB coaching debut as Detroit's Third Base Coach for Buddy Bell...1992-95 AA Birmingham Manager in the CWS system, earning Southern League MGR of the Year honors and Baseball America MGR of the Year honors in 1993...Managed Michael Jordan during 1994 season at Birmingham...Named top mana- gerial prospect in MLB in 1994 by BA...Managed (1994) and coached (1992) in the Arizona Fall League and was elected to the AZFL Hall of Fame in 2005...Guided Aguilas to the Dominican Winter League title after 1995 season.
Played professionally for 11 seasons from 1980-90...Was drafted in the 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 homer came on Sept 16, 1981 off Bruce Sutter after making his debut with Montreal on 8/19/81 at Houston...First two big league 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)...Nick was a LHP at the University of Pennsylvania... His father, Tito, played 15 years in the Major Leagues from 1956-70, six of which came with the Indians from 1959-64...Tito, 79, 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...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)...Graduated from New Brighton (PA) High School in 1977...In addition to being active with the Jimmy Fund w/the Sox, he also 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.