“A lot of people said, ‘What are you doing?’ My answer was they didn’t know me as well as I thought because this was the place I wanted to come. If anything it’s been better than I anticipated. I relish the idea of working for Chris Antonetti and Mark Shapiro and the front office. It’s been more rewarding than I anticipated.”
— Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona, in response to a Philadelphia reporter on Tuesday who asked again about his decision to come and manage in Ohio. Many have questioned Francona’s decision since it was announced back in October last year. With his team’s 5-3 win at Kansas City on Tuesday night, Francona’s Indians are now 82-69 and just one-half game back of both American League wild card spots. The team finished with a 68-94 record just one season ago. Francona will likely be a leading candidate for AL Manager of the Year, perhaps trailing new Red Sox skipper and former Cleveland front office executive John Farrell.
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