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January 22, 11:00 AM ET
Chat with Terry Francona

Terry Francona
  (11:00 AM)

Good morning, thanks for tuning in!

Matt T (Boston)

Was it really difficult to manage the players with huge personalities or outspokenness like Pedro, Manny, and Schilling? And how are they different from the players you have a good relationship like Dustin or Alex Cora?

Terry Francona
  (11:01 AM)

Just because guys have big personalities doesn't mean they're hard to manage. As a manager, your obligation is to try to communicate with everybody on the team -- not just young, or old, or quiet, or loud -- everybody.

Bill (Weymouth, MA)

Wish you were still here in Boston Tito, it's a shame how the owners and front office treated you at the end. Good luck in Cleveland, and I can't wait to read your book. Anyway, how do you feel about the Tribe this year? One guy they have who I always liked was was Ubaldo Jimenez. I remember as a rookie he pitched against the Sox and you in the World Series. He has some pretty nast stuff.

Terry Francona
  (11:02 AM)

I agree -- one of our challenges is to get Ubaldo back to the form he showed prior to 2012. I enjoyed my years in Boston -- I think it was probably time to move on, and they're in good hands now.

wade (Newark, Ohio)

Welcome to the Tribe Coach!!! really excited by the team's youth and now your experience. Good Luck. another important question, what handicap do you hold in Golf and how often do you hit the links

Terry Francona
  (11:03 AM)

For eight years with the Red Sox, I always found an excuse not to play. It's one of my biggest passions, and I love it. Working with ESPN this summer, I got down to a five, but don't tell the guys I play with that. They think I'm an eight.

Otto (CA)

Do you think you'll win one before the Cavs and Browns?

Terry Francona
  (11:03 AM)

I hope we all win one together. When you go to a new city, you can't help but pull for the other teams.

Jimbo (Seoul)

Titooooo!! big fan, since I am a new englander who went to the U of A. I just wanted to say hi and ask you a quick question? Did you pick on Dustin Pedroia (since he went to ASU) when we won the NCAA championship last summer? Thank you, good luck in cleveland!

Terry Francona
  (11:04 AM)

I probably took every opportunity to pick on him whenever possible. It's obvious that I have admiration for him, but I'll take every opportunity to take shots at him.

John (Los Angeles)

Terry, I was suprised to hear from some baseball people sharing their memories of Earl Weaver that he did not like to bunt (did not want to give up the out). What are your thoughts on bunting and its importance in both the AL and NL.

Terry Francona
  (11:05 AM)

I thought Earl Weaver was really ahead of his time. You only get 27 outs in a game, and giving away outs is not something managers like to do. When you bunt, you're usually telling the whole world that you only want to score one run -- which is how much you end up scoring. Early in the game, you generally want to score more.

John (Longmeadow, MA)

If the 2004 Redsox played the 2007 Redsox in a seven game series, who would win and why?

Terry Francona
  (11:06 AM)

I don't know! We never played more than four games in a World Series, so I'm not sure. I think they were two equally talented teams in completely different ways.

Zach (Springfield, MA)

Hey Tito, huge fan of yours. I can't wait to read your book. Loved you as the Sox manager and you were great as an analyst. Who was your favorite player to manage? Good luck in Cleveland!

Terry Francona
  (11:07 AM)

My favorite player was the guy who helped us win that day, but all kidding aside, you try to find a way to like everybody. You're naturally drawn closer to certain people, but you want to find a reason to like something good in everybody.

Colin (Edinburgh UK)

Congrats on the new job!! Think you could bring the Tribe to the U.K for a exhibition Game??

Terry Francona
  (11:07 AM)

Not this spring, I know that! Baseball's trying to branch out, but that's not on the horizon. I do appreciate your enthusiasm!

Matt (Abrahamson)

Is Manny Ramirez the greatest hitter you've ever seen?

Terry Francona
  (11:08 AM)

He's probably the greatest hitter I ever had the opportunity to manage, and I've been fortunate enough to be around a lot of good ones. He certainly has to be in that conversation for one of the greatest ever.

Gregg (Santa Rosa, CA)

Paisan! Congrats on the new opportunity in Cleveland. What do you see with Justin Masterson this year? I was a little baffled by his regression last year. Any changes to his training regimen this off season?

Terry Francona
  (11:09 AM)

It wasn't so much his regimen -- he had a shoulder injury on his non-throwing shoulder that nagged at him more than he ever let on. Because of my history with him in Boston, I'm betting on the person. He's ready to go and we're excited to build our rotation around him.

Ted (Boston)

Tito favorite restaurant in Coolidge Corner? Good luck in CLE

Terry Francona
  (11:10 AM)

Coolidge Corner Clubhouse. Their menu is like six pages long. And Zaftig's.

MeisterNJ (Mendham)

As a Yankee fan, always respected you and your teams. It was a great rivalry. Will you miss it?

Terry Francona
  (11:10 AM)

The games were really fun. I won't miss before and after, all the things on the periphery, but there were so many good things happening on the field that the games were really fun.

Michael (NYC)

Tito, how were you able to stand dealing with Shaughnessy for the book? And if you can only have dinner with one person -- either him or Schilling -- who do you pick ("neither" is not an option!)?

Terry Francona
  (11:12 AM)

When Dan approached me about doing the book, I wasn't on board right away. We were adversaries by nature due to his job, but we became friends. I joked about getting my windows tinted when driving around with him, but we really had fun. I don't know if I want that publicized, but there it is.

Alan Bonneau (Nashua)

How do you plan to bring back success to Cleveland like you did with the Red Sox. By the way, thank you for all your hard work for the Red Sox.

Terry Francona
  (11:13 AM)

It's not a one-man show. I'll spend all my energy making sure that these players spend all their energy playing the game right, respecting the game, and making Indians fans proud. If we do that, I think we're on the way.

RyanC (Cleveland)

Hey Tito, thrilled you're on board. Is Trevor Bauer's spot in the rotation out of Spring Training his to lose, or would he really have to impress in Arizona?

Terry Francona
  (11:13 AM)

What we're trying to do with all our young pitchers is to have them try to succeed and earn their spot. We want them to knock the door down and claim it by the way they pitch, as opposed to just giving it to them.

Kirk (Las Vegas)

What is your plan for third base this year? Is Lonnie Chisenhall the starter, as of now, or do you see Mike Aviles platooning with him?

Terry Francona
  (11:14 AM)

We want Lonnie Chisenhall to get the majority of ABs at third. He's young and talented, and injuries derailed him last year, but we want him to lay claim to that position. Mike Aviles can help at a number of different positions, but we want Lonnie to take charge there.

Ben (Providence)

Hey Terry, do you miss coaching for the Red Sox??

Terry Francona
  (11:16 AM)

I had eight wonderful, sometimes difficult years, but that's part of the territory, but I would say no. That doesn't mean I didn't love it, but it was time to move on. I'm excited and thrilled to be where I'm at now. Sometimes as a manager, your shelf life expires, which isn't an easy thing to admit, but it's healthy to admit it.

Banks (Quantico, VA)

How hard is the adjustment from being with ESPN to going back to the daily grind of being a manager again? Best of luck to you in Cleveland.

Terry Francona
  (11:16 AM)

I haven't really done it yet -- I've spent the whole winter getting to know the players and the organization. I like the grind -- I like being busy and doing baseball stuff, so it doesn't feel like a grind. It's what I enjoy doing.

Terry Francona
  (11:17 AM)

Thanks for the questions. My book comes out today -- it's a fun read and if you like the Red Sox, I think you'll find it really interesting. Go Tribe!