Cleveland Indians extend Terry Francona’s contract through 2022 season

Cleveland Indians extend Terry Francona’s contract through 2022 season
Terry Francona knows a thing or two about beating history. He led the 2004 Red Sox to their first title in 86 years. He's now the manager of an Indians club that has all the makings of a champion. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -The Cleveland Indians announced today a two-year contract extension for Manager Terry Francona thru the 2022 season.

Francona, 59, is in his seventh season at the helm, guiding the franchise to the American League’s best record at 547-427 (.562) during his tenure since 2013.

“Tito” has led the club to three consecutive American League Central Division titles, captured the American League crown in 2016 and has led Cleveland to four Postseason appearances in six full seasons.

He is already sixth in career managerial wins (547) in the 119-year history of the franchise while his .562 career winning pct. is third-best in club history.

“Simply put, Tito has been a transformational leader, who has not only impacted our Major League clubhouse, but also the entire organization,” said Indians President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti.

“Our relationship has been truly collaborative and we are all fortunate to have a future Hall-of-Fame manager guiding our team as we continue to pursue our ultimate goal of bringing a World Series championship to the city of Cleveland.”

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