Indians manager Terry Francona said he was physically “wiped out” by a season that ended way too soon.
Francona met with reporters on Friday, two days after Cleveland was eliminated from the postseason by the New York Yankees, who rallied from an 0-2 deficit to stun the defending AL champions in the Division Series.
Francona said the sudden, stunning conclusion was disappointing in a different way than in 2016 when the Indians went to Game 7 of the World Series. Francona conceded “we didn’t play our best baseball” and said he’s still coming to grips with all that went wrong for Cleveland in the series.
The 58-year-old Francona said he was challenged physically to get through the season after undergoing a heart procedure in July. He’s determined to get stronger this winter and fully intends to manage in 2018.