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Indians Reveal Terry Francona Plans for 2022 Season

Devon Platana
The Cleveland Indians have revealed their plans for manager Terry Francona for the 2022 MLB season.
The Cleveland Indians have revealed their plans for manager Terry Francona for the 2022 MLB season. / Jason Miller/Getty Images

Back in July, it was announced that Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona would be stepping down for the remainder of the 2021 MLB season due to health issues. While some wondered what his future with the franchise would look like, Indians President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti has now shed some light on the situation.

Antonetti told reporters on Saturday that Franconca will be back on the bench for the Indians' 2022 campaign — where they'll be known as the Guardians — assuming that he's healthy enough for the job.

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The last year or so has been a rough one for Francona. He's dealt with a slew of health issues, ranging from a gastrointestinal issue and blood clots in 2020 to a staph infection and hip issue this year. Assuming that his offseason rehab goes well, Cleveland fans will surely welcome him back with open arms next year.

Francona has managed the Indians for the last nine seasons with some solid results along the way. Cleveland has a .556 winning percentage during his tenure, qualifying for the postseason five times during that span — which includes winning the American League Pennant in 2016.

Losing Francona hasn't helped during the 2021 campaign. Since it was announced that he was stepping down on July 29, Cleveland has gone 21-25 in the subsequent 46 games.

Making the playoffs seems like a bit of a lost dream for Cleveland this season. The club sits 10.5 games back of the final AL Wild Card spot with a 71-74 record.

Regardless of how the current season ends, expect Cleveland to come out swinging next year if Francona is back on the bench.

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