Terry Francona
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    Baseball manager, Terry Francona, is the current manager of the Cleveland Indians and former manager of the Boston Red Sox. Francona spent several years in the Chicago White Sox organization. Terry Francona became third-base coach for the Detroit Tigers in 1996, working under their new skipper, Buddy Bell, a former teammate of Francona on the Reds. After the season ended, he was hired as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. His best finish with the Phillies was 77–85 in 1999. He was fired following the 2000 campaign, and spent the following season as a special assistant to the general manager with the Cleveland Indians (2001), which was followed by two one-year terms as a bench coach for the Texas Rangers (2002) and Oakland Athletics (2003). The Red Sox hired Francona to manage their club in 2004. Francona led the Red Sox to a 98–64 record in 2004, the second-best record in the American League behind the division-rival Yankees. Under Francona's leadership, the club gelled in the second half and was the hottest team in baseball after the All-Star break. On February 24, 2008, the Red Sox announced that they had extended Francona's contract. Instead of expiring at the end of the 2008 season, it will expire after the 2011 season.

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