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Indians owner says no one is getting fired despite collapse

Aug 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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A few weeks ago Indians general manager Chris Antonetti made it clear that manager Manny Acta wouldn’t be fired despite the team falling apart in the second half for a second straight season.

But what about Antonetti’s job? Or the job of the man above him, team president and former general manager Mark Shapiro? Well, they’re safe too, according to Indians owner Paul Dolan: “We all have a lot of work to do, but their jobs aren’t at stake.”

It’s worth noting that Dolan said those words to Zack Meisel of MLB.com while attending Acta’s charity bowling fundraiser, so something like “I dunno, I have to think about whether or not to fire some people” probably would have been kind of a buzzkill.

Cleveland went 33-40 after the All-Star break last year, which looks downright dominant compared to this year’s 10-29 record in the second half. To which Dolan said:

It’s been extraordinarily difficult. In our entire tenure of ownership, we have not seen a contending team deep into the season collapse like this. I don’t really know what’s happened to this team. It’s going to take more time to assess what we have and what we need and what we’re capable of doing. … Hopefully sometime this offseason, we’ll be able to assess and move from there.

Acta was hired as manager in October of 2009, while Antonetti took over for Shapiro before the 2010 season.

  1. number42is1 - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    thats all nice but who is going to be fired on the Yankees (Girardi and Long for starters) for thier current actions?

  2. blantoncollier - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Dear Paul Dolan-

    Teams arent contenders in July–they are pretenderrs. Contenders are teams fighting it out in September. I think you have had one contender maybe two in your ten years of ownership.

    Ownership that wants to win invests in its club at both the big league and minor league levels. Ownership that wants to win on a budget doesnt waste its money on Derek Lowe, Grady Sizemore or Travis Hafner. They invest in core players for the long term and they dont trade Cy Young Winners for nothing.

    They also invest in scouting, player development and relationships with the fans.

    Ownership that is committed to winning doesnt let the same men run the team year after year when they dont produce results.

    Paul–while Manny isnt the issue, after all he had a no talent team “contending” into July–you better look in the mirror. Because the teams leadership of Dolan, Shapiro and Antonetti sure are the problem. But you wont fire yourself by selling the team. So clean house, start over.

    Or do the right thing and sell the team.

    Paul—the fans have turned on the team and the fans have turned on you and your family. We dont care about the Tribe because we know you wont invest in its future. For crying out loud, you make Vernon Stouffer, Gabe Paul, and Nick Meliti, look like good owners. At least Bill Veeck cared!

    Sell the Team.

  3. APBA Guy - Aug 24, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    The A’s swept the Indians last week in Oakland and will be playing them again in Cleveland next week. The Indians were, by far, the most moribund, dispirited team I’ve seen so far this year, with near zero life to them. And while it may be nice to say nobody is getting fired, that leaves a host of euphemisms open, such as forced resignations, lay-offs, terminations, etc. I can’t believe it’s all one big happy family.

  4. theghostofberniekosar - Aug 24, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Dolan’s not going to fire Shapiro or Antonetti becuase those guys are doing exactly what Dolan wants They’re making him money.

    He’s taking his revenue sharing cash along with his STO profits and laughing all the way to the bank.

    He’s never wanted a winning team, only a winning bank account. And they’re doing a great job at that.

    • APBA Guy - Aug 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      I can believe that entirely, because it’s the formula used by Angelos and Wolff/Fisher for years while they figure out a way to cheaply get a contender once a decade so they can say with a straight face that they aren’t deliberately tanking their teams.

  5. proftbllvr - Sep 9, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    CLEAN HOUSE ALREADY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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