Terry Francona spent Friday in Cleveland interviewing for the Indians' vacant managerial job. Francona formally met with members of the team's front office and scouting and player development departments at Progressive Field, according to MLB.com. "It was fun to catch up," Francona said. "I thought that (the meetings) went great. ... We exchanged a lot of ideas and it was really genuinely fun." Indians general manager Chris Antonetti was not available for comment Friday but said Thursday that "just looking at Terry, he's obviously had a lot of success. He's won two world championships. He's also had success in developing players." Sandy Alomar Jr. interviewed with the club Thursday. Francona and Alomar are the only publicly-announced candidates so far. The Indians fired Manny Acta on Sept. 27 and Alomar finished the season as the interim manager. Cleveland may name a manager as early as Monday or Tuesday. Because the playoffs have started, the team must coordinate making an announcement with Major League Baseball's Commissioner's Office if it makes the hire before the World Series ends. Francona, 53, won World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007. He was fired last year after the team finished 7-20 in a September collapse. He also managed the Philadelphia Phillies (1997-2000) and worked in the Indians front office in 2001 with Antonelli and team president Mark Shapiro. "I don't think you can take a job because of that," Francona said. "But it still means a lot to me. Because of Chris and Mark and my relationship (with them), I am excited to try to tackle, or attempt to tackle, every challenge that comes our way and do it together." Francona is currently an analyst with ESPN but said he misses being on the field managing. "To be perfectly honest, and it's not easy to say, I probably needed to take a step back for a while," he said. "I think I had lost a little bit of perspective and I wanted to get back to things that were important to me." Antonelli denied that economics would play a factor in the hire, considering Francona would likely seek a high salary.
- Terry Francona