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TERRY FRANCONA

MANAGER

BORN: April 22, 1959 in Aberdeen, SD
MLB Exp.: 10 Years
BATS: L
THROWS: L
HEIGHT: 6'1"
WEIGHT: 175 LBS

AT A GLANCE

Born April 22, 1959, (44 years old) in Aberdeen, S.D.; resides in Yardley, Pa.

* Named College Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 1980 after hitting .401 at the University of Arizona.

* Played 10 seasons in the majors (Expos, Cubs, Reds, Indians, Brewers) as an outfielder/first baseman, compiling a .274 batting average in 708 games with 16 home runs and 143 RBIs.

* Began coaching career as hitting instructor in White Sox organization in 1991, and started managerial career with South Bend in 1992.

* Managed the White Sox' Double A Birmingham farm club 1993-96, and was named Baseball America's Minor League Manager of the Year after going 78-64 in '93.

* Named minor leagues' top managerial prospect by Baseball America in 1994, when he had Michael Jordan at Birmingham but finished with a 65-74 record; team went 80-64 in his last season there.

* Managed Philadelphia Phillies four seasons, 1997-2000, with his best mark being 77-85 in '99 after a 61-48 start.

* Served as special assistant in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2001, the same year he managed Team USA to a silver medal in the World Cup in November.

* Served as bench coach for the Texas Rangers in 2002, before taking over that same job for the Oakland A's this past season.

* Son of former major leaguer Tito Francona.

12/04/2003  9:21 AM ET 
Manager search now complete
Francona to be named team's choice today
Terry Francona will be named the Red Sox 44th manager in club history. (Elise Amendola/AP)
BOSTON -- The five-week search for the 44th manager in Red Sox history is over.

The Red Sox will hold a Fenway Park press conference today at 2 p.m. ET, at which time they will unveil Terry Francona as their next manager.

Speculation had been rampant for the last couple of weeks that it was Francona's job to lose, and now it will become official.

Francona -- who managed the Phillies from 1997-2000 -- was the second of four candidates to interview for the position that became open on Oct. 27 when the Sox decided not to exercise the contract option of Grady Little.

While Francona thoroughly impressed Sox general manager Theo Epstein and club president/CEO Larry Lucchino during his first interview on Nov. 5, his candidacy really appeared to pick up steam when he was invited for a follow-up session at principal owner John W. Henry's house in South Florida 13 days later.

A day after that, Francona was back at Fenway Park for a second interview with Epstein, Lucchino, assistant GM Josh Byrnes and other club officials.

Last week, Francona underwent a physical from Red Sox team doctor Bill Morgan. That was merely a precautionary measure after Francona had a couple of scary bouts with blood clots following what was supposed to be a routine knee surgery a year ago.

When reached last week after his physical, Francona said that his health is "great, just great," leaving him enthused to land his next managerial job.

Francona was the only candidate who had a personal interview with Henry, which spoke volumes about Boston's interest in him.

The Red Sox also interviewed Dodgers third base coach Glenn Hoffman, Angels bench coach Joe Maddon and Rangers first base coach DeMarlo Hale.

Maddon was the strongest candidate out of that trio, but was officially informed by Epstein Wednesday evening that he was out of the running.

"This whole process was a great experience for me," Maddon said. "I have no regrets."

Angels pitching coach Bud Black was perceived to be a strong candidate early on, but he chose not to interview for the post.

The Red Sox like Francona for his energetic personality, attention to detail and his baseball pedigree.

Francona's father Tito played in the Major Leagues for 15 years, allowing him to be exposed to the game throughout his life.

From 1981-1990, he followed in his father's footsteps, playing in the Major Leagues for the Expos, Cubs, Reds, Indians and Brewers. Francona was a .274 career hitter.

After he was done playing, Francona quickly pursued the path of managing.

He served as a hitting instructor in the White Sox farm system in 1991 and was named manager of their affiliate in South Bend of the Midwest League in 1992.

Beginning in 1993, Francona moved on to Double-A Birmingham for three years. In the middle year of that tenure, he managed basketball great Michael Jordan, who was attempting a career in baseball at that time.

Jordan thought so highly of Francona that he recommended him for the Phillies' job.

In that 1994 season, Francona was voted the minor league's top managerial prospect by Baseball America.

At the age of 37, Francona was named manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. He stayed in that capacity for four years, posting a record of 285-363.

Francona was eager to manage again, and now he will get that chance.

"The one thing you just die for is to have a chance to win," Francona said following his first interview with the Red Sox. "Some of the players that are making all this money, when it comes to the first of August and you're 20 games out, you're miserable. I've been in that situation. You're miserable. To have a chance to win and to be expected to win, is what you coach for, what you play for."

Francona should be able to do just that in Boston, as the Red Sox are a veteran-laden squad filled with accomplished players.

Three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez, newly acquired Curt Schilling (whom Francona managed for almost his entire tenure in Philadelphia) and tough sinkerballer Derek Lowe will lead what should be one of the best rotations in the game.

The Sox also have a prolific offense, led by Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez, Johnny Damon, David Ortiz, Bill Mueller, Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek.

In 2003, the Red Sox won 95 games and advanced to Game 7 of the American League Championship Series before losing a heartbreaker to the Yankees.

They will try and take that next step in 2004 and Francona will be the man writing out their lineup cards.

SOME PAST HISTORY OF TERRY FRANCONA
 


USA Baseball Names Terry Francona Manager of 2001 World Cup Team



by Dave Fanucchi - USA Baseball (520-327-9700 ext. 218)













FORMER PHILLIES SKIPPER TO LEAD AMERICAN GROUP OF
NON 40-MAN PROFESSIONAL ALL-STARS TO CHINESE TAIPEI THIS NOVEMBER

Tucson, Arizona - USA Baseball announced today that they have named Terry Francona Manager of the 2001 USA Baseball World Cup Team that will compete at the IBAF sanctioned Baseball World Cup this November 6-18 in Taipei, Taiwan.

Francona, the former skipper of the Philadelphia Phillies and 1980 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winner, is currently working as a Special Assistant of Baseball Operations for the Cleveland Indians. His four-year run as manager in the City of Brotherly Love came to an end in 2000, after he compiled a record of 285-363. He was replaced by Larry Bowa this past off-season.

"I am honored to have been selected to guide our team of American players into the World Cup," said Francona. "And at a time when our countries' emotions are running so deep, I'm especially proud to be representing the United States."

This will be Francona's first coaching assignment with USA Baseball, but his fourth wearing the USA uniform. As an outstanding player, he suited up for Team USA at the 1978 Intercontinental Cup in Italy, the 1979 Pan Am Games in Puerto Rico, and for the 1979 USA National Team in Havana, Cuba.

USA Baseball also announced Francona?s coaching staff. He will be assisted by Brad Mills of the Chicago Cubs, Kirk Champion of the Chicago White Sox, and Mike Barnett of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

USA Baseball will make a roster announcement sometime in October. USA Baseball, Major League Baseball, and the MLB Players Association have agreed to utilize non 40-man professional players in this event.

The World Cup is the largest official international baseball event for the 2001 calendar season. For fans and media interested in up-to-date information, scores and results leading up to and during the tournament, you may log on to www.usabaseball.com. There you will find all updated information about Team USA, as well as a link at the bottom of the homepage to www.baseball.ch - the official site of the 2001 IBAF World Cup.

2001 USA Baseball World Cup Team
Coaching Staff
Terry Francona Manager Cleveland Indians Yardley, Penn.
Kirk Champion Pitching Coach Chicago White Sox Fairview Heights, Ill.
Brad Mills Assistant Coach Chicago Cubs Visalia, Calif.
Mike Barnett Hitting Coach Arizona Diamondbacks Knoxville, Tenn.

Administration
Steve Cohen Director of Baseball Operations Tucson, Ariz.
Eric Campbell Team Coordinator Tucson, Ariz.
Dave Fanucchi Press Officer Tucson, Ariz.
Alan Chang International Liason New Brunswick, NJ
Joe Burleson Umpire Representative Las Vegas, Nev.

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