“I don’t want to be a rental manager,” Francona said Monday as he was introduced as the club’s 42nd manager. “I didn’t want to come in worried. I want to be part of the solution. I want to stick around.
“I didn’t come here to go to pasture.”
Francona, who led the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles, was hired over the weekend by the Indians. He was chosen over Sandy Alomar Jr., who served as interim manager for the club’s final six games after Manny Acta was fired. Francona takes overs a team that collapsed from contention by going 5-24 in August and finishing 68-94, the third time in the past four seasons they have lost at least 90 games.
He previously worked in Cleveland’s front office and said the chance to work again with Indians general manager Chris Antonetti and team president Mark Shapiro was the most intriguing aspect of taking the job.
The Indians have always held a special place for Francona. His 78-year-old father, Tito, played in Cleveland from 1959 to ‘64 and Francona said he cried when he told his father he had accepted the Indians‘ job.
Tito Francona attended his son’s news conference.
“This is a clean slate for everybody,” said Francona, who is excited about Cleveland’s core of young players. “Dealing with players is fun. Dealing with young players is really fun.”
“We didn’t handle frustration very well, and we paid the price,” he said.
“I don’t care what players are making,” he said. “I want them to play the game right.”View Entire Story
'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
A mother of three and a passionate conservative, Shirley Husar changes the game.
Political satirist and Christian apologist Bob Siegel discusses religion and politics.
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall