The Indians introduced Terry Francona as their 42nd manager in team history at a morning press conference at Progressive Field. He signed a 4-year contract through 2016.

“I am so honored and excited to be here and rejoining the Indians family,” said Francona before he answered questions. He said Mark Shapiro and Chris Antonettit are a big reason why he is here today.

Francona, who played for the Indians and spent one season, 2001, as Special Assistant to the G.M. in the front office, had his father, Tito, in the Interview room at the ballpark.

Tito Francona was a fan favorite during his six seasons in Cleveland and one of the better Indians players of his era. He came to Cleveland from western Pennsylvania, where he makes his home, to see his son introduced.

“I had a lot of good memories driving up here today. This is very special,” he said just before the news conference.

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