Indians and Francona a good match 

October, 1, 2012
10/01/12
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Joe Girardi and Terry FranconaESPN.comEven as part of the media Terry Francona often has found himself back in the dugout.


Like so many former managers, Terry Francona’s preference is to be back in the dugout.

He spent this season in front of the TV camera, and there’s little doubt in my mind that if Francona chose to remain as a broadcaster he would be just as successful as he was as the manager of the Boston Red Sox. However, based on my conversations with him this year, I got the firm impression that if he had the right opportunity, he would return to managing.

That team would need to have two prerequisites:
1. A team with which he felt he could win in the near future
2. A front office with which he felt he could have a good working relationship

I think both elements exist with the Cleveland Indians.