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MLB roundup: Indians introduce Francona as manager

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The Cleveland Indians formally introduced new manager Terry Francona at a press conference Monday at Progressive Field.

Francona signed a four-year deal over the weekend to manage the Indians, but hopes to be around longer than that.

"I don't want to be a rental manager," Francona said. "I didn't want to come in worried. I want to be part of the solution. I want to stick around.

"I didn't come here to go to pasture."

Francona is the Indians 42nd manager. He takes over a club coming off a 68-94 season.

Francona led the Boston Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. He was let go last year after a September collapse in which the Red Sox went 7-20 down the stretch to miss out on a playoff spot.

He spent this season working as an analyst for ESPN.

Francona replaces Manny Acta, who was fired in September. Sandy Alomar Jr. managed the team in the interim to finish the season. He was the only other known candidate for the job.

Unlike the Red Sox, the Indians do not have a large payroll. Francona said that is not a concern to him.

"I don't care what players are making," he said. "I want them to play the game right."

Francona, 53, also managed the Philadelphia Phillies (1997-2000) and was with the Red Sox for eight seasons. His overall managerial record is 1,029-915.

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