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8 Facts About Terry Francona

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Terrence Jon "Terry" Francona, nicknamed "Tito", is the manager of the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball.

Major League Baseball is a professional baseball organization, the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two teams of nine players each, who take turns batting and fielding.

The Cleveland Indians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio.

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He was a first baseman and outfielder in the majors from 1981 to 1990.

First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a baserunner in order to score a run for that player's team.

An outfielder is a person playing in one of the three defensive positions in baseball, farthest from the batter.

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After retiring as a player, he managed several minor league teams in the 1990s, most notably the Birmingham Barons during Michael Jordan's brief baseball career, before managing the Philadelphia Phillies for four seasons from 1997-2000.

Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player.

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In 2004, Francona was hired to manage the Boston Red Sox, and that year he led the team to its first World Series championship since 1918.

The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League champion team and the National League champion team.

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He won another World Series with Boston in 2007 and continued to manage the team until the end of the 2011 season.

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In 2013, Francona was hired to manage the Cleveland Indians.

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That year, the Indians won 92 games and lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the Wild Card game.

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In 2016, Francona led the Indians to 94 wins, the American League Central Division championship, the American League championship, and earned a berth in the 2016 World Series.

The 2016 World Series is the 112th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League champion Chicago Cubs and the American League champion Cleveland Indians.

The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the American League, is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada.

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