Over the past few seasons, Terry Francona, the manager of the Cleveland Guardians, has been the subject of retirement rumours. According to Mandy Bell, Francona recently made his final decision on management in 2023.
Regarding the Guardians’ core team of players, Francona remarked, “I want to see that group flourish. “I’d like to take part in that.”
Cleveland had the MLB’s youngest roster last season. After taking Cleveland to the MLB Playoffs with such a youthful club, Terry Francona is guaranteed to garner a sizable number of votes for AL Manager of the Year. Many had predicted that Cleveland would place third or worse in the AL Central heading into the season. But they surprised everyone in MLB by winning the division.
Francona contemplated retirement this season, according to Bell. Francona, though, was inspired by the Guardians’ young core of players and is eager for 2023.
The reappearance of Terry Francona will be extremely advantageous to the Guardians. Over the past few years, he has consistently contributed to the team’s ability to play baseball in a competitive manner. His Guardians résumé is completely incomplete without a World Series triumph. In 2016, Cleveland was one game away from winning the Fall Classic. Since 1948, the Cleveland baseball team has not seen World Series success.
Terry Francona probably thinks the Guardians’ young roster can be used to assemble a championship-caliber club. Cleveland will be a very dangerous baseball team in 2023 if they add a couple extra batters to the lineup this offseason. When you take into account the fact that Cleveland nearly upset the New York Yankees in the ALCS, your optimism for the team only grows.
Next season, Terry Francona and The Guardians will get ready to run it back.
Terry Francona makes a decision regarding the future of the Guardians following their appearance in the MLB playoffs, according to ClutchPoints.