Terry Francona is among Cleveland’s elite in a key category

The Cleveland Guardians have an all-time great in Terry Francona.

It might be a while before we see the Cleveland Guardians on the court anytime this season. Both parties have entered into a contest of wills and the only people who will really suffer are the fans. Yet we persist. So while we pass the time until baseball returns to the field, let’s talk about Terry Francona.

Many fans are apparently unaware of just how prolific the man truly is as a baseball manager. He is a two-time World Series champion and led the Guardians to many winning seasons as the club’s manager. Yet despite his Hall of Fame credentials for his contributions to the game, his work with the Guardians has been equally impressive.

He may have had more championship success at Boston, but since joining Cleveland, he’s fourth all-time of the Big Three clubs in longevity, according to the Akron Beacon Journal. He is second in franchise history, behind only Lou Boudreau in games managed.

Francona has missed some time due to health issues and needs just 35 games to surpass Bourdeau as having managed more games in club history than anyone else. He’s already number one in most wins in franchise history, and he’s second in games over .500 just behind Al Lopez.

Francona led the team to a renaissance, and fans should be grateful for his contributions.

Terry Francona will become the Guardians’ greatest manager.

It’s really only a matter of time before Terry Francona is retroactively considered the club’s best manager. While many people will point to the lack of a World Series win as a knock on him, the point fans have to accept is that winning a title isn’t as important to a manager’s reputation as it is to a manager’s. ‘a player.

It’s also apparently less important in a sport like baseball, which is the epitome of a team sport, than perhaps in any other sport. Unlike basketball or football, a baseball player cannot affect even half of the game he plays.

A pitcher, the person who most affects the game, will likely only impact 38% of the total game played. This assumes he plays seven innings and you count every possible out as an entire game played.

That’s 27 outs per team, or 54 total outs, and a pitcher will probably only see seven innings or 21 potential at-bats. So winning a World Series is not quite decisive in baseball as it is in basketball.

Part of that is because there are really only eight or nine teams each year that can afford top players, which means there are different expectations for each club. If the Yankees or Dodgers don’t win a World Series, they’ve had a bad season objectively. If the Guardians or the Tampa Bay Rays reach the second round, their seasons are the best ever.

This is all down to salary issues in sport and the inequity caused by the lack of a salary cap.

So yes, even without the World Series in Cleveland, Francona will still be the club’s greatest manager, simply because of what he was able to accomplish with what he had at his disposal.