Oct. 1, 2001
Tucson, Arizona - USA Baseball announced today that they have named Terry Francona Manager of the 2001 USA Baseball World Cup Team that will compete at the IBAF sanctioned Baseball World Cup this November 6-18 in Chinese Taipei.
Francona, the former skipper of the Philadelphia Phillies and 1980 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winner at Arizona, is currently working as a Special Assistant of Baseball Operations for the Cleveland Indians. His four-year run as manager in the City of Brotherly Love came to an end in 2000, after he compiled a record of 285-363. Francona was a member of the 1980 Arizona national championship team and was named the College World Series MVP.
"I am honored to have been selected to guide our team of American players into the World Cup," said Francona. "And at a time when our countries' emotions are running so deep, I'm especially proud to be representing the United States."
This will be Francona's first coaching assignment with USA Baseball, but his fourth wearing the USA uniform. As an outstanding player, he suited up for Team USA at the 1978 Intercontinental Cup in Italy, the1979 Pan Am Games in Puerto Rico, and for the 1979 USA National Team in Havana, Cuba.
USA Baseball also announced Francona's coaching staff. He will be assisted by Brad Mills of the Chicago Cubs, Kirk Champion of the Chicago White Sox, and Mike Barnett of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
USA Baseball will make a roster announcement sometime in October. USA Baseball, Major League Baseball, and the MLB Players Association have agreed to utilize non 40-man professional players in this event.
The World Cup is the largest official international baseball event for the 2001 calendar season. For fans and media interested in up-to-date information, scores and results leading up to and during the tournament, you may log on to www.usabaseball.com. There you will find all updated information about Team USA, as well as a link at the bottom of the homepage to www.baseball.ch - the official site of the 2001 IBAF World Cup.