The 2012 season got so bad that the Indians decided to let go of their manager, Manny Acta, six games before the season ended.
They mercifully finished the season fourth in the American League Central with a 68-94 record.
Looking back, they really were not that bad, only 3.5 games out of first place in late July, but finishing a terrible 5-24 in all of August—their worst record in a single month in franchise history—sealed the deal.
The Indians haven't been to the postseason since 2007, when they went all-in with CC Sabathia and lost in the ALCS. Before that? Just one winning season in 2005—somehow didn't even make playoffs—and nothing since 2001.
It will be tough, but Francona has the pieces in place to get this team back to the postseason.