The Cleveland Indians expect Terry Francona back in 2021 after he endured a rough 2020 season.
"Some days when I was extremely frustrated, the thought crossed my mind," Francona said of retirement. "When it was hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I tried not to think like that."
Francona, 61, revealed Wednesday that he underwent several surgeries in a four-day span and required an extended stay in intensive care at the Cleveland Clinic while dealing with medical issues that sidelined him for all but 14 games this season.
After initially undergoing a surgery for a gastrointestinal issue that had bothered him for nearly a year, Francona thought he was recovering when some blood-clotting issues led to more operations and four days in ICU.
"It was kind of a rough time," he said. "For a couple weeks there I was not just away from the game, I was away from everything. It was getting a little hairy there."