How Terry Francona makes his lineup


How Terry Francona makes his lineup

By Jon Fucile

The Red Sox slow start has raised a lot of questions. Can they dig themselves out of this hole with 203 games left? Will the offense find their groove? Why is baseball so boring?

One of the biggest points of contention amongst fans lately seems to be Fraconas lineup juggling, especially with that Carl Crawford fellow.

To the outside observer it may seem as though Francona is nuts. You are probably thinking there must be some method to his madness, some kind of strategy.

Well youd be wrong. There is no game plan or strategy. Francona has a bit of a gambling problem and uses similar games to make lineup decisions. He just loves the thrill of not knowing! But, much like gambling, it back fires more often than not.

Follow us as we take an inside look at how Francona makes lineup decisions.

First Terry decides who is going to play catcher that night. He gets to decided between Jason Varitek and Jarrod Salta.. Saltalam.ummmm Jarrod. Just Jarrod.

Varitek is old and at the end of his career but pitchers seem to prefer him. Jarrod has been justjust awful.

Rather than just pick the guy that is playing better Francona breaks out his Big Wheel of Catchers and takes a spin!

Next he decides who is going to pitch to the catcher that got selected. Now, you might think Francona has a set rotation but that simply isnt true. He plays different games in an attempt to spread out the work load but it is still random.

Terrys favorite is a pitchers version of the old game show Press Your Luck!

Oh tough luck Terry. Lackey is starting tonight. Might as well just throw another L in the winloss column now.

Francona is just holding out for the day he can clone Jon Lester.

Finally, Francona has to decide who is going to hit and in what order. Man that is tough business!

How does he decide? Dart board with faces? Pulling names out of a hat?

Nope. Red Sox Yahtzee!

Wow that is looking rough already. Crawford and Ellsbury cant hit so far this season and Wally doesnt look like he can run the bases effectively. At least the lineup is taking shape.

Looking pretty rough there Terry.

Well at least you and 90 of the people that call into the SportsHub agree on something.

Francona misses second game this month because of health issues

Francona misses second game this month because of health issues

CLEVELAND -- Indians manager Terry Francona missed Tuesday night's game against Texas after his second trip to the hospital this month.

The Indians said doctors for now have ruled out major health issues and Francona will be monitored the next several weeks.

Francona, 58, left Monday night's game because he wasn't feeling well. He spent several hours at Cleveland Clinic and underwent a series of tests.

Francona was released from the hospital on Tuesday and spent the rest of the day at home. He was expected to return to the dugout Wednesday when the Indians host the Rangers. Cleveland lost to Texas 2-1 on Tuesday.

Bench coach Brad Mills ran the team in Francona's absence. Cleveland began the day in first place in the AL Central after rallying for a 15-9 win Monday.

"Tito actually wanted to come back to the ballpark today," team president Chris Antonetti said Tuesday. "I told him he can't come back to the ballpark today. He only got a couple hours of sleep last night, so despite his desire to want to be here, I thought it was best that he gets some rest tonight and just come back tomorrow. His plan when he was getting released from the hospital was to come over here."

"I don't think he was exceedingly happy with me," Antonetti said with a laugh. "That's OK."

Francona was hospitalized June 13 following a game at Progressive Field. He underwent tests and was released a few hours later, returning to work the following night. Last August, he missed a game after experiencing chest pains but was back the next day.

"Thankfully, we've got some great doctors that are coordinating his care," Antonetti said. "They've done every test they can possibly imagine. They've all come back clean. They're now working to try to figure out what are some of those things that are causing him to not feel so well."

Francona, a close friend of Mills for several years, has retained his sense of humor through his health issues.

A statement released by the team Tuesday read, "Mr. Francona also wanted to express that medical personnel have not yet ruled out an allergy to Bench Coach Brad Mills."