Terry Francona’s not walking through that door anytime soon Red Sox fans.
If you were holding out hope for a triumphant return of the two-time World Series champion manager to Boston… you’re going to have to wait a little longer.
The 55-year-old Francona agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Indians that will keep him in Cleveland through the 2018 season with club options for 2019 and 2010. Tito was under contract through the 2016 season prior to signing the extension that was announced in Tuesday.
“Being with [the Indians] for two years, we’re a pretty tight-knit group,” Francona said. “I’m talking about from the clubhouse kids to the trainers to Paul Dolan, to Mark. We do things together, and we have fun doing it. … During the tough times, that’s probably when I appreciate being here the most.”
As skipper of the Tribe for the last two seasons, Francona’s team missed the postseason in 2014, finishing with a 85-77 record in the AL Central division. In 2013, The Indians finished 92-10 and lost the wild card play-in game 1-0 to the Rays. Francona won the AL Manager of the Year award in 2013, edging out Red Sox skipper John Farrell.
The Red Sox parted ways with Francona in Sept. 2011 after the Sox suffered an epic late season collapse as the Sox fell from a two-game lead in the American League East on Aug. 27 to third place and out of the playoffs by Sept. 30. Francona won two World Series titles (2004 and 2007) in his eight years in Boston.