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• Indians manager Terry Francona spent much of the past two days reaching out to players and personnel within the Cleveland organization. He felt that was integral in the process of forging a bond with his new team.

"I'm getting up to speed in a hurry," Francona said. "But I probably need to do more listening in the next few weeks than talking, and learning about our players and what they're about. I've already started trying to reach out to as many as possible to start developing relationships."

• Francona was asked if he would talk to players about mistakes made during the past season. As an example, a reporter cited closer Chris Perez making critical comments about the team and its fans this year.

"This is a clean slate for everybody," Francona said. "For guys that did well, I'm aware. For guys that are maybe trying to atone, this is a clean slate. This is a chance for everybody. This is a good thing. I would never judge somebody on what they did in the past."

• Francona laughed when asked if the smaller media landscape in Cleveland was attractive to him, considering he spent his previous two managerial stints in Philadelphia and Boston.

"No, I didn't come here to go to pasture," Francona said. "I was either going to work here or go back and work at ESPN. I came here again, because I'm not afraid of a challenge, and the people here that I'm doing it with. I thought I was treated very well by the media in Boston."

Quote to note
"It's the first important step. Obviously, we needed to make sure we got the right leader in place for our team and organization moving forward. That was our first priority. We feel Terry will be a very successful manager regardless of what decisions we make."
--Indians general manager Chris Antonetti

• Indians manager Terry Francona spent much of the past two days reaching out to players and personnel within the Cleveland organization. He felt that was integral in the process of forging a bond with his new team.

"I'm getting up to speed in a hurry," Francona said. "But I probably need to do more listening in the next few weeks than talking, and learning about our players and what they're about. I've already started trying to reach out to as many as possible to start developing relationships."

• Francona was asked if he would talk to players about mistakes made during the past season. As an example, a reporter cited closer Chris Perez making critical comments about the team and its fans this year.

"This is a clean slate for everybody," Francona said. "For guys that did well, I'm aware. For guys that are maybe trying to atone, this is a clean slate. This is a chance for everybody. This is a good thing. I would never judge somebody on what they did in the past."

• Francona laughed when asked if the smaller media landscape in Cleveland was attractive to him, considering he spent his previous two managerial stints in Philadelphia and Boston.

"No, I didn't come here to go to pasture," Francona said. "I was either going to work here or go back and work at ESPN. I came here again, because I'm not afraid of a challenge, and the people here that I'm doing it with. I thought I was treated very well by the media in Boston."

Quote to note
"It's the first important step. Obviously, we needed to make sure we got the right leader in place for our team and organization moving forward. That was our first priority. We feel Terry will be a very successful manager regardless of what decisions we make."
--Indians general manager Chris Antonetti