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Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona has beloved scooter stolen, then recovered

USA TODAY SPORTS 1/25/2023 Casey L. Moore, USA TODAY

Veteran Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona has been known to zip around the city on an electric scooter before and after games.

That beloved scooter went missing, then recovered a few days later.

The Cleveland Police Department found the stolen scooter, the club confirmed Tuesday night.

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The team confirmed the theft to multiple media outlets, including ABC News 5 in Cleveland. Cleveland Police spokesperson Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said the scooter was stolen between 9:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. According to Cleveland.com, Ciaccia said Francona, who still had the key, noticed it missing Saturday morning before Guards Fest, the team's fan festival.

Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, April 22, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) © The Associated Press Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, April 22, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

It's not uncommon to see Francona, 63, on board his scooter on game days, high-fiving and stopping to chat with fans. It has become such a common occurrence that the team even held a bobblehead giveaway in 2015 that featured Francona on the scooter.

Francona is entering his 23rd season as a big-league manager, and 11th year in Cleveland, where he's won a franchise record 845 games. He won two World Series championships with the Boston Red Sox, helping the team break an 86-year title drought in 2004.

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