We all know that managers are overrated, right? They are just middlemen and don’t impact the game. Not Terry Francona. He has led teams on improbable runs and huge comebacks in big spots, providing stability and creating a consistent winning culture in his decade-long run in Cleveland. Managing on an expiring contract, Francona is anything but a lame duck, and as clichéd as it may sound, the “win one for the Gipper” factor cannot be ruled out.
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