Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has reached agreement with the Cleveland Indians to replace Manny Acta as manager, the Major League Baseball team said.
Francona, 53, will be introduced tomorrow during a news conference at Progressive Field, the team said on its website.
“It was actually going to be Cleveland or come back here and work,” Francona said last night during a broadcast of ESPN’s “Sportscenter,” where he has been an analyst this season.
Francona worked in the Indians’ front office in 2001 and his father, Tito, played for the team from 1959-64.
“I’m actually excited,” Francona said on ESPN. “I’m looking to maybe get back to coaching and being with people on the field and trying to impact young players.”
Francona managed the Red Sox to World Series championships in 2004 and 2007 after the franchise’s 86 years of futility. He left the Red Sox after being unable to stop the biggest September collapse in MLB history in 2011.
The Red Sox declined to exercise their option to extend Francona’s contract for the 2012 and 2013 seasons, ending an eight-season term for Francona, after Boston blew a nine-game lead and missed the playoffs on the final day of last season.
The Indians said they wouldn’t release any other information “out of respect for MLB protocol involving announcements during the postseason.”
The Indians finished fourth in the five-team American League Central division this season. Acta compiled a record of 214-266 in three seasons before he was fired Sept. 27.