Alomar Interviews With Tribe, Francona Next

Cleveland (WOIO) - Sandy Alomar, Jr. was first up for the Indians' managerial interviews, but there's a guy waiting in line behind him who brings a pretty impressive resume.

Former Red Sox and Phillies manager Terry Francona will meet with Indians President Mark Shapiro and G.M. Chris Antonetti on Friday, one day after Alomar met with the executives about replacing Manny Acta.

Francona, who led the Red Sox to the 2004 and 2007 World Series titles, has a great relationship with Shapiro and Antonetti, stemming from his time in the Indians front office ten years ago, and sources tell 19 Action News he's very serious about wanting the job, and the small-market challenges that go with it.

But Alomar is a fan favorite from his playing days, and is considered a rising star in baseball circles.  If Alomar doesn't get the Indians job, he'll almost certainly be on other teams' short lists, including the Red Sox, who interviewed Alomar for their managerial position a year ago, and who fired Bobby Valentine on Thursday.