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Terry Francona to interview for Indians’ manager job next week

Sep 29, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

We heard confirmation yesterday that Terry Francona is indeed a candidate for the Indians manager job and is expected interview in the near future. Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland has the latest update on the situation.

There’s some question about whether the Indians will offer Francona enough money to leave his broadcasting job at ESPN and there’s also the matter of managing a rebuilding team without the big budget of the Red Sox. However, Francona spent the 2001 season as a special assistant to team president Mark Shapiro, who was the GM at the time, so there’s some history here. There’s also only 30 of these jobs to go around and fortunes in the American League Central can change pretty quickly.

Interim manager Sandy Alomar, Jr. is the only other confirmed candidate for the permanent gig. Many consider him the favorite for the job and he’d certainly come cheaper as a first-time skipper.

  1. rhett16 - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    I have a feeling it may be more accurate to say that Francona is interviewing the Indians, rather than the other way around.

  2. kiwicricket - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    5x the cash and you don’t have to hang around Rick Sutcliffe, Curt Shilling and Carl Ravich. I can see the benefits

  3. randygnyc - Sep 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Why do people keep saying, “but he’s got to,give up ESPN’s money”? He can hardly be making more than a few hundred grand a year with them. 500K max. As a manager, he’ll be commanding 4-5 million per year. Most guys would manage anywhere for that salary. Especially after getting wiped out in a recent divorce.

    • kiwicricket - Sep 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      I really don’t think Tito makes much of a difference to the Indians. Any manager doesn’t make a tremendous difference when your roster stinks. +/-5 games maximum between the worse and ‘best’ manager. With that being said, you can’t fault the guy for taking 3+million over 500k.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Sep 29, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    Tito did a great job for the Sox. A really great job.

    But he also inherited a team that was within outs of the World Series already (and didn’t have Curt Schilling to boot).

    So while I don’t want to take too much away from the guy and his 2 championships, I will be interested to see if he’s able to take a much lesser roster and get something out of it. He didn’t exactly tear it up in Philly.

    All that said, I will root for him to be successful.

  5. 4d3fect - Sep 29, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Francona: “Do I smell chicken?”

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