Terry Francona signs 2-year extension with Indians

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g how they feel about manager Terry Francona.Cleveland announced Wednesday that it has completed a two-year extension that will keep “Tito” with the club through the 2022 season. Oh skipper! My skipper!We have extended future Hall of Fame Manager, Terry Francona, through 2022.#RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/F4456VhjCH— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) April 3, 2019MORE: Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZN“Simply put, Tito has been a transformational leader, who has not only impacted our major league clubhouse, but also the entire organization,” Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said in a team release. “Our relationship has been truly collaborative, and we are all fortunate to have a future Hall of Fame manager guiding our team as we continue to pursue our ultimate goal of bringing a World Series to the city of Cleveland.” Francona, 59, and the Indians are an AL-best 547-427 (.562) since he joined the team in 2013 and have made the playoffs four times, including a trip to the World Series in 2016. He has been named AL Manager of the Year twice in his Cleveland tenure (2013, 2016).Cleveland’s success has come in spite of its meager payroll, which ranks 19th in this season at just under $120 million. But Francona, who has the luxury of having stars like Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez on team-friendly deals, has enjoyed bringing consistent success to a mid-market club.“I knew what the landscape was when I came in. I just valued working with the people here over spending money for players,” Francona said in March (via .com). “I mean, I enjoyed doing it here with who I do it with and trying to figure things out together. And I think to this point, we haven’t reached the pinnacle, but we’ve done OK. And the idea is to win a World Series. But, on top of that, it’s to compete every year. And that’s hard to do.”Prior to Cleveland, Francona spent eight seasons in Boston and won two World Series. That success came after a disappointing four-year run with the Phillies from 1997-2000 when Philadelphia had a 285-363 record. He ranks second among active managers with 1,576 career wins, behind only San Francisco's Bruce Bochy (1,928).