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FN POLL: A's Surge Ahead As Top Playoff Team

The Oakland A's have moved ahead of the Orioles and Royals as the AL team most readers will pull for in the playoffs. As the chart shows, 26% now pick the "Bay Area Red Sox" as their team of choice, followed by the Orioles at 22%, the Royals at 19%, the Angels at 15%, the Mariners at 7%, unidentified National League teams at 7% and the Tigers at 4%. Somewhat surprisingly...
Via FenwayNation
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona Has Questionable Taste

That sound you heard Saturday night was me losing respect for Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona. Tito: “It probably doesnt speak to my maturity but I really like the Zooperstars. I love them. Harry Canary. Clammy Sosa. I love those guys” — Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) September 13, 2014 I mean, it’s one thing to think it…but for the two-time World Series-winning...
Via Hall of Very Good
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona talks about day off from rainout, doubleheader

CLEVELAND -- The good news is that the Indians got an unscheduled day off Wednesday night after their game against Minnesota was rained out. The bad news is that there is still a stretch of 30 games in 30 days with a doubleheader Thursday. With the rainout, it broke up what could have been the Indians' longest continuous stretch of games since 1968, when they played 42 games...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona keeping an eye on competition

CLEVELAND -- When it comes to scoreboard watching, it really doesn't make a difference if it is September or April for Terry Francona, who says he does it most of the year anyway because it relaxes him. "If I sit there and just stare at our field, I get anxiety and it doesn't help. I think I make better decisions when I'm relaxed," he said. Francona's scoreboard...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
9 days ago  |  Discuss

After last September’s heroics, where are Cleveland Indians fans?

I wrote a similar piece last year and in 2012, but didn’t think I’d need to opine on the same topic again this season. I was wrong. Last September, the Cleveland Indians seemingly regained fan confidence when, under the stewardship of veteran skipper Terry Francona, they won their final 10 games to finish 92-70, capturing the top AL Wild Card spot. Not bad for a squad that...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona says fatigue not an issue for Allen

CLEVELAND -- After blowing save opportunities in his past two appearances, many are wondering if fatigue has caught up to Cody Allen. Going into tonight's game against Detroit, Allen is second in the American League in appearances (66) and 10th in saves with 18. Before giving up a home run to Alex Gordon on Sunday in Kansas City, Allen had converted 17 consecutive save opportunities...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Second Thoughts Game #134: Cleveland 3, Kansas City 2

On Saturday, Cleveland defeated Kansas City 3-2 in eleven innings. Cleveland struck out 13 Royals batters, allowed 2 runs, and used seven relievers, six of whom combined to make a grand total of ten outs. Welcome to Terry Francona's Indians in 2014. Enjoy your stay. The liberal use of the bullpen in 2014 has been a point of extreme intrigue, not that the entirety of the bullpen...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Francona expects 'all the good' of Boston to 'come pouring out'

CLEVELAND -- Terry Francona managed eight Patriots Day games when he was with the Red Sox. With Monday being the first Boston Marathon to be run since last year's tragic bombing, Francona said on Sunday that he knows how much of a special day it will be for everyone involved. Said Francona: "I would imagine it would be electric. All the good that comes with Boston will probably...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels name Francona's son to scouting post

The Angels announced Monday that they have named Nick Francona coordinator of major league player information and promoted Jeremy Zoll to coordinator of advance scouting. Francona, 28, the son of Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona, was a left-handed pitcher at the University of Pennsylvania, but after graduation he gave up pitching to join the Marine Corps, leading a scout...
Via Fox Sports West
November 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Francona: Indians made playoffs by avoiding chicken and beer

Tweet When the Boston Red Sox had their historic collapse in the 2011 MLB season under Terry Francona, there were numerous reports that came out about troubles in the clubhouse. The most comical report about the 2011 Red Sox was undoubtedly that the Red Sox pitching staff would eat fried chicken, drink beer and play […]
Via Los That Sports Blog
September 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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