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Terry Francona #77

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Full Name:
Terry Francona
Uniform #:
77

Managerial/Coaching Career

Francona has 18 years of Major League managerial experience, compiling an overall record of 1574-1340 (.540) for Philadelphia (1997-2000), Boston (2004-11) & Cleveland (2013-18)...His 1574 wins currently rank second among active Major League managers...Has received BBWAA Manager of the Year votes in nine different seasons, including three of his four seasons with Cleveland entering 2018 (2013-14, '16); named A.L. Manager of the Year in both 2013 & 2016...Also named Baseball America MLB Manager of the Year in 2007 & 2016, Sporting News A.L. Manager of the Year in 2017 and finished runner-up to Paul Molitor in 2017 BBWAA voting....Francona has guided a team to at least 90 wins 10 times in his career, most among active managers... Owns 14 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) with New York-AL and Los Angeles-NL... Francona will enter 2019 looking to match a 15-year streak by Bobby Cox from 1991-2005 with Atlanta...Saw a streak of nine consecutive seasons with 86+ wins come to an end in 2014, sixth-longest by any manager in MLB history...Has guided his teams to the MLB Postseason on nine different occasions (including 2013, 2016-18 with Cleveland), compiling an all-time winning pct. of .580 (40-29) in the playoffs, which stands as the fifth-best mark in MLB history (min 40G) behind Joe McCarthy, Sparky Anderson, Joe Torre & Casey Stengel...Won first nine World Series games he managed, the most wins w/o a loss in the history of the Fall Classic at the time (11-4 record in WS overall)...Has won 9 of 14 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 2013-18, second-best in Majors, at 545-425 (.562) with four Postseason berths over six years, also the 2nd-most wins of any manager in Indians history through his first six seasons behind Al Lopez (570, 1951-56)...2018: In his 14th consecutive winning season, guided Cleveland to the club's 3rd straight and 10th overall A.L. Central title, going 91-71 (.562) - 3rd straight season with 90+ wins, 4th overall...2017: Reached 100 wins (.630, 102-60) for first time in his managerial career, guiding the Indians to the outright best record in A.L. for just 6th time in franchise history, first since 1996; also their 2nd straight & 9th overall A.L. Central title...2016: Voted A.L. Manager of the Year (2nd time), steering Tribe to first A.L. Central title since 2007 at 94-67 (.584), 2nd-best record in A.L., 4th in Majors on the way to club's 6th A.L. pennant...2015: Went 81-80 (.503); 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 Year voting...2013: Earned first career A.L. Manager of Year award in first season with Cleveland after guiding team to 92-70 (.568) record, 4th-best in A.L., T7th-best in Majors...92 wins were 24 more than Indians recorded in 2012 (68-94), matching 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 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 & color commentary on the Sunday Night Baseball telecast with Dan Shulman & Orel Hershiser.

RED SOX YEARS (2004-11): Led Boston to five playoff appearances, six seasons of 90-or-more victories & two World Series titles (2004, 2007) over an eight-season span from 2004-11, as Red Sox (.574, 744-552) posted 2nd-highest win pct. in MLB over that span behind Yankees (.595, 771-525); 2004 title ended 86-year drought (1918)...His 744 wins with Red Sox rank 2nd in 112-year history of the franchise, while .574 win pct. was 2nd-best in Sox history behind Joe McCarthy (.606)...Only Francona & Joe Cronin (13, 1935-47) managed Red Sox more than 7 consec. full seasons...2001-03: Special Asst. to Baseball Ops in Cleveland under Mark Shapiro & Chris Antonetti...Jerry Narron's Bench Coach in Texas (2002)...Ken Macha's Bench Coach in Oakland (2003)...

MANAGERIAL DEBUT: Guided Philadelphia Phillies from 1997-2000, raising club's win total in first 3 of 4 seasons...At 37, became youngest manager in MLB on Oct. 30, 1996...1992-96: Was AA Birmingham MGR in White Sox system from 1992-96, earning Southern League Manager of the Year honors & Baseball America Manager of the Year honors in 1993...Managed Michael Jordan during '94 season...Buddy Bell's 3B Coach in Detroit (1996).

Playing Career

Played professionally for 11 seasons (1980-90)...Drafted in 1st round by Montreal in 1980 (22nd overall)...Played parts of 10 seasons in Major Leagues as 1B/OF (1981-90); split 1988 season between Cleveland & AAA Colorado Springs...First MLB HR came Sept 16, 1981 off Bruce Sutter after making debut with Montreal on 8/19/81 at Houston...Appeared in the NLDS & NLCS for Montreal in 1981...First two MLB seasons were derailed by knee problems; limited to just 46 games in 1982 due to right knee surgery after hitting .321...Was hitting .346 in 1984 before season-ending left knee surgery...Career ended in 1990.

Personal/Miscellaneous

Full name TERRY JOHN FRANCONA...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 Majors, 1956-70, six of which came with the Indians (1959-64)... Tito, who passed away on Feb. 13, 2018, was an A.L. All-Star (1961), hit .363 in 1959 and led the A.L. in doubles in 1960 (36)... Terry was a White House dinner guest in 2008...played three seasons at University of Arizona, 1978-80...Won Golden Spikes Award as a junior in 1980, 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 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) HS in 1977...With both Red Sox and Indians, has purchased tickets for military members and veterans to every Sunday home game; in 2010 served as the Honorary Co-Chair for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation... Received the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award in Nov. 2018 from the MLBPAA at 19th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in NYC...Very active with local military, Cleveland Indians Charities and TribeFest during his tenure with Cleveland...led initiative to create $1M Larry Doby Fund in 2016, which provides assistance to underserved youth in Cleveland...Donated $1 million to the Arizona baseball program in Jan. 2017.... Donation targeted for the baseball capital projects fund, which included an indoor hitting facility.

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