Terry Francona has long been praised for his ability to bring a clubhouse together and create good chemistry among the players, as well as a winning culture.
He was able to do that with the Boston Red Sox, leading the team to two World Series titles.
He also has been able to do it with the Cleveland Guardians.
The legendary skipper has guided the Guardians to the postseason six times and has won four division titles as the team’s manager.
On MLB Central, former star Mark DeRosa spoke about Francona and what he brings to the table for the Guardians, as well as how he is able to bring his players together.
The @CleGuardians have that chemistry! 🧪@markdero7 takes us inside Terry Francona's chemistry class after taking the first game of the series from the Yankees.#MLBCentral | #ForTheLand pic.twitter.com/iMfpBDXlar
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) April 11, 2023
Firstly, DeRosa and the rest of the MLB Central crew joked that Francona would make a good chemistry teacher.
They also photoshopped his head onto the body of a chemist to drive their point home.
DeRosa then commented on Francona’s ability to construct a lineup, praising the lineup of the Guardians for being so deep and consistent.
The Guardians pitching is also a strength.
On Monday, Shane Bieber ran into some early trouble, but worked his way around it as he held the New York Yankees to just two runs in his outing.
DeRosa gave Francona credit for creating “the perfect formula,” both with his offense and his pitching staff.
Francona was able to get seven innings out of Bieber before turning things over to his core of relievers, with James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase getting the job done.NEXT: The Guardians Won Sunday's Game In Wild Fashion