Cleveland Indians: Ranking Terry Francona among the team’s best managers

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Cleveland Indians fans are witnessing a great era of Indians baseball under the leadership of Terry Francona. Is he the best manager in team history?

It is no secret that the Cleveland Indians are in the midst of a painfully long title drought.

The team has not won the World Series since the 1948 season, but fans have still seen some great baseball since then.

The Indians have appeared in four World Series since winning it all in 1948, and are among the favorites to get back once again in 2018. The roster will feature some changes from the group that took the field in 2017, but Terry Francona remains the constant in all of this as the manager.

Francona will be without Mickey Callaway as his pitching coach, but that has not changed fans’ expectations one bit. The man known simply as Tito has come to Cleveland and won AL Manager of the Year honors twice in five seasons, taking his team to the postseason three times in that span.

Among managers in franchise history, Francona ranks second in postseason wins (12) and sixth in regular season wins (454).

All of his success the past five seasons brings up the question of where he ranks among the best managers in franchise history.

To answer that, let’s take a look at the top five managers in team history.