Indians pick Francona over Alomar

By | October 6, 2012 11:48 pm | 0 Comments

 

It didn’t take long for the Indians to name their next manager.

Some Tribe fans might wonder why the front office decided to hire Terry Francona instead of Sandy Alomar Jr.

After all, Alomar was suppose to be getting groomed for the job under Manny Acta. Plus, there was another in-the-system candidate in Mike Sarbaugh, skipper of the Indians’ triple-A team in Columbus.

But the Indians ultimately chose experience over the unknown.

Francona, who managed the Red Sox to two World Series titles, has connections with the Tribe: He played for Cleveland in 1988 and worked in the team’s front office as a special assistant to the GM in 2001.

It seemed fan-favorite Alomar might be the obvious choice when he was given the interim tag after Acta was let go six games before the end of the season. But the high-profile credentials of Francona won out.

Now it will be interesting to see what happens with Alomar.

–Tony Battaglia

 

 

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