We get to keep our tobacco-chewing, scooter-riding, bald-headed manager for another 2 years

Rejoiiiiiiiiiiiiice. And be glaaaaaaaaaaaaaad. This is the day, this is the day, Tito, our savior had his contract extended another two years with two more additional team options after thaaaat. Yeah, that’s two church hymns mashed together and rewritten to celebrate a baseball team re-signing their manager. That’s why Mike pays me the big bucks.

Seriously though, this is great freaking news for Indians fans. He’s now signed through 2018 with team options for 2019 and 2020. The man has done virtually no wrong since coming here two years ago. AL Manager of the Year and a playoff appearance his first year. 85-77 this year, giving us our first back-to-back above .500 seasons since 2000-2001. Regardless of how you feel about the Dolans, Mark Shapiro, Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn or Chief Wahoo, the club is in a one thousand percent better spot now than they were before he got here. There’s something to be said about continuity in front offices these days and it’s extremely encouraging to know that, at least  for the foreseeable future, Francona will be able to continue his relationship with Antonetti and Shapiro that has given us two years of great baseball. And yes, I would consider the team playing only two “meaningless” games in the past 324 to be great baseball.






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