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SBD/October 9, 2012/Franchises
Antonetti, Francona Offer No Comment On Possible Out Clauses In Manager's Contract
Published October 9, 2012
TITO TEARS: Francona said that he “got choked up” when “calling to tell his father the contract was signed.” Francona: “I kind of cried a little bit. I didn’t want to, but it just happened. You can’t take a job because your dad was a good Indian. But it’s still a good story.” Francona said that he “learned a lot" at ESPN and that he talked “about burnout” with former Buccaneers coach and ESPN analyst Jon Gruden (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 10/9).
UPHILL BATTLE: MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian wrote Antonetti “made sure Francona understood the challenges faced in Cleveland.” Antonetti said, "I just wanted to make sure I was very candid and honest. Terry's words were, 'I'm all in.'" Francona “found it surprising that -- given his resume and the possible managerial roles opening this offseason -- so many people asked him why he would accept the job in Cleveland.” Francona: "I did get asked that a lot. It was, 'What are you doing? Why don't you wait for a team that's guaranteed, almost?' That really did surprise me” (MLB.com, 10/8). In Cleveland, Bill Livingston wrote, “If the Indians are going to contend again soon, they'll have to do it with mirrors.” Shapiro and Antonetti, while “working in handcuffs with a low payroll,” have “made some terrible talent misjudgments, from the return on trades of Cy Young winners CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee to the gamble on Ubaldo Jimenez.” Livingston: “Wouldn't Francona have had some guarantees of a higher payroll, if not of better talent judgment, before he signed a four-year contract?” Francona said, "That wasn't one of the questions. We're going to work together and figure out how to tackle challenges. I don't need to be the general manager, or the owner. I'm perfectly content being the manager. I don't know what the payroll is." Livingston noted the “answer is just under $66.5 million, 24th of the 30 major-league teams” (CLEVELAND.com, 10/8).