He might get into the National Baseball Hall of Fame one day, but Terry Francona can now call himself a Hall of Famer. Today he was elected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Dick Groat, Tim Wallach and five other oustanding collegiate players. Francona played at Arizona from 1978-80, and won the Golden Spikes Award for best collegiate player in 1980.
Here's who he'll be joining at the NCBHOF.
Congratulations, Tito. One more World Series championship will put Tito into Cooperstown, as every manager who has won at least three World Series titles is enshrined there, except for Joe Torre (and that is just a matter of time, when he is officially retired from managing).
Tito also announced that Kyle Weiland, who pitched in 2010 for the Portland Sea Dogs, will get the start in the first game of Saturday's opening twin bill, the 1 PM game against Boston College. Stolmy Pimentel, who pitched at Single A Salem last year, will start the second game against Northeastern at Ft. Myers.