Indians Notes: Francona, Alomar, Antonetti, Hafner

It was on this day in 1908 that Addie Joss of the Cleveland Naps threw a perfect game against the Chicago White Sox.  Joss basically had to be perfect to secure the 1-0 victory, as opposing pitcher and fellow Hall-of-Famer Ed Walsh recorded 15 strikeouts in the game.  Here's some modern-day news and notes about this very imperfect season for the Tribe…  

  • Terry Francona is the favorite to become the Indians' next manager, tweets Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 Radio.  Francona and current Tribe interim manager Sandy Alomar Jr. will both interview for the job later this week and are the only known canadidates to replace Manny Acta on the Indians' bench.
  • Francona and the Indians are perfectly matched to fit each other's needs, opines ESPN's Jim Bowden (Insider subscription required).  While Bowden believes Alomar deserves to be a manager someday, he thinks the pressure is on Cleveland GM Chris Antonetti to deliver quick results.  "This is the wrong time and place for Antonetti to take a chance or gamble on an unproven manager. He needs a sure thing to keep his own job, and the Indians need to hire the best available, given the lack of trust from the Indians’ fan base," Bowden writes.
  • Travis Hafner "hasn't talked to anybody" in the Indians' front office about their plans for him but he would like to remain with the club, reports's Jordan Bastian.  The Indians will surely decline Hafner's $13MM option for 2013, making the 35-year-old DH a free agent after 10 years in Cleveland.
  • As reported earlier today, Chris Perez said that he wants to stay with the Indians in 2013.

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