AL Manager of the Year Terry Francona got the most out of his Tribe who came up one game short of being Champions.
Cleveland's postseason run was no surprise with Terry Francona at the helm. They fell one game short from winning it all.
Terry Francona won AL Manager of the Year for the second time in his managerial career. He won the award in 2013 also with the Indians.
In Game 7 of the World Series which ended well after 1am. The Cubs finally snapped their 108-year championship drought edging the Indians 8-7 in the 10th inning.
Francona's Indians went 10-5 in the postseason. Prior to the World Series, the Indians swept Boston 4-0 then silenced Toronto big bats winning four of five games.
Cleveland Indians managed by Terry Francona played in their first World Series since 1997 when they lost a painful 7-game series vs. the Marlins. Unfortunately, they fell in seven games again.
Yes, the Indians have starting pitching, a few power hitters in Napoli and Santana get timely hitting via Kipnis, Ramirez, Lindor and others. After trading for Andrew Miller the ALCS MVP with the Yankees, it's been a sweet postseason until Game 7
Francona manages all-out and uses his bullpen creatively. Miller with impressive stats and strikeout ability has been utilized for multiple innings and as early as the 5th inning. He's been a set-up man and closer at times. Francona manages to win in a calm cool fashion and has the respect of his players and the league.
After four years in Cleveland he's been a winner again posting a 352-294 record with a .545 winning percentage.
Francona has baseball in his blood. His father was Tito Francona who played for a number of teams, mainly for Cleveland and the Phillies. Terry played in college (University of Arizona) and was a productive MLB utility player for 10-years. He played one season for Cleveland.
Despite all his managerial success in 16-years (1381-1209, .533) Francona was named Manager of the Year just once in 2013. He's more importantly won two World Series championships with Boston in 2004 and 2007 ending their long championship curse.
Getting past the Chicago Cubs who posted the best 2016 season record at 103-58 was a tall task. They nearly accomplished the task, but fell a game short. Still Francona should be recognized as a winner Manager who has the respect of his players and of baseball.