The Cleveland Indians have added quite a few big name players this off-season. Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher are among the biggest but both of them shrink in comparison to the best and biggest signing of the off-season. Bringing in manager Terry Francona to run the team will be the best move not only for this season but several future seasons as well. As long as the GM does his part like he did in this winter season by bringing in players and helping develop players that have some talent, Francona will be the man to bring it out of them.
Francona has managed two teams in his career, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox. His time with the Phillies didn’t exactly come when they had the best and biggest names. His overall winning percentage was below .500 and they didn’t win anything. That was proven to be as much the players and front office’s fault as Francona’s by what happened with his next team, the Red Sox. There he would go on to win 1296 games over eight seasons that included two pennants and two World Series Titles.
The Red Sox years also served to prove that he can win with various big name and even big ego personalities as well. By keeping the team focused on fundamentals and getting their work in no matter what their name may be, Francona will provide this Indians teams, and several in years to come, with its best chance of winning. He can’t go out there and win it for them, but he will certainly do everything he can as manager to bring success.