While Terry Francona is expected to return as the manager of the Cleveland Indians in 2021, it’s important to keep external options in-mind if his health doesn’t allow for a planned comeback.
The Cleveland Indians 35-25 2020 season looks a bit more impressive given the fact they were without their skipper for 48 games.
Manager Terry Francona was on the Indians bench for just 12 games in 2020 as he battled health issues such as gastrointestinal issues and blood clotting complications.
While it was reported this week 2020 the Indians expect Francona back on the bench in 2021, it’s no guarantee the 61-year old will be healthy enough to return, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic likely still to be ongoing come the spring.
With Francona out, first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. moved into the managerial role in what many called an audition to be Francona’s future replacement. While he may be considered the heavy favorite whenever Tito does decide to call it a career, it will be important for the Indians to consider all options, including those from outside the organization.
Here are five external managerial candidates for the Tribe to consider if/when Francona decides to retire.