Terry Francona: Get To Know Your Players
This video features Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona and former Cleveland Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine at PCA-Cleveland's inaugural Breakfast With The Coaches event in May 2014. FOX Sports Ohio's Matt Underwood led the discussion.
When coaches and players are new to each other, Francona advises figuring out exactly which approach to take -- when to push, how hard, etc. -- in order to motivate the players. He says it's the coaches responsibility to get to know the players well enough to know what's important to them and what they need from their coach to succeed. "Everybody's different," Francona says here, and he wants all of his players to feel like their coaches care about them. Ultimately, Francona explains, he's asking them to do a lot on the field, so he better know them off the field.