Terry Francona plans to lead Cleveland in 2022
NEW YORK – Future goalies plan to have Terry Francona at the helm for their inaugural season.
Indian President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti explained on Saturday afternoon that Francona’s positive progress after his two recent procedures leads the team to believe he will be back as manager of Cleveland in 2022. However , the organization knows it is too early to be definitive, as there is still a long way to go to recovery.
“We have to be aware of this, but with where we are now, we continue to plan for 22 with Tito as manager,” said Antonetti. “If at any point in time that changes, we’ll have to reconsider and revisit things at that point. But we have no reason to believe that will be the case.
Francona retired from the team in July to deal with her problematic hip first. After a five-week recovery period, he was cleared for his second surgery on his left foot, which was diagnosed with a staph infection in January. Francona had limited himself to walking in a boot during the season to try and delay his need for surgery, but it reached a point where he couldn’t wait any longer.
“I was really worried when this obviously led to our collective decision to let Tito step back and take care of his health, because we were worried, I was worried and he was worried,” said Antonetti. “The path he had set out on was not good and it was not sustainable. And if he stayed on that path, I think it would have been a real question whether or not he could have had the quality of life he wanted, let alone managed.
Francona will remain in Cleveland for the foreseeable future to stay close to her doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. He will need to stay in a cast for another eight weeks before his next step in the rehabilitation process begins. But the plan will be for him to return home to Arizona soon.
“We are working through this right now,” Antonetti said. “He’s going to continue at least in the short term in Cleveland. Then at some point when the doctors feel good and they feel it’s safe to travel, he can eventually go to Arizona and do some work there until he’s ready to come back here and be rechecked. by doctors.
The 21-year-old Hall of Fame managerial career of Francona has included nine memorable and successful years with the Indians, underscored by a record 744-593 and the American League pennant in 2016. Her next victory with Cleveland would be the most important with one of the three teams he managed; he finished his eight-year run as manager of the Red Sox at 744-552. Health issues forcing early retirement doesn’t seem like a fitting end to Francona’s storybook career. And now the indication is that another chapter will begin in 2022.
“His state of mind is much better than it was a few months ago,” said Antonetti. “So he’s excited, and we’ve spent a lot of time talking about what’s going on now with this year’s squad, but also a lot of planning for 2022. So he’s recovering well.… All the signs are pointing, you. know, by the time he comes to spring training, he should be in a good position.