Terry Francona (1989-1990)
Keeping it in the division, the AL Central division leading Cleveland Indians manager is also linked to the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Terry Francona finished his playing career in Milwaukee.
His Playing Career
Francona was drafted with the 22nd overall selection in the 1980 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos. He played both first base and outfield during his playing career. At the plate, he had a reputation as a successful contact hitter.
The lefty’s career batting average is .274 with 474 hits, only sixteen of them going over the fence.
After five seasons in the Expos organization, he played one season each for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and the Cleveland Indians. He finished off his career as a player with the Milwaukee Brewers.
He played in 90 games with the Crew in 1989, and in 1990, he appeared in only three games. With the Brewers in 1989, he also pitched one inning where he threw 12 pitches and struck out Stan Javier in three pitches.
Much like Yost, Francona started as a coach before he worked his way up to being a Major League manager. His coaching career started with the White Sox minor league system before he became the third base coach for the Detroit Tigers in 1996.
He began with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1997, where he stayed until the year 2000. The highest his teams in those four years finished was third place in the division. After the 2000 season, he was fired. He served as an assistant to the GM in 2001 in Cleveland, and then he served a year each as the bench coach for the Rangers and the A’s in the following two seasons.
He then took on the position of the manager of the Boston Red Sox. During his tenure, he led the Red Sox to two World Series championships, in 2004 and 2007.
After his contract was not renewed in 2012, he was hired on as the Indians manager in October of the same year. In 2016, he was named the American League Manager of the Year.
So far in 2018, his team stands atop the AL Central division.