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Manny Acta out as Indians manager

Sep 27, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

Manny Acta throwing

In August, Indians GM Chris Antonetti said that Manny Acta would be back as manager for 2013.  August was a loooong time ago, apparently, because the team just announced that he will not be back for 2013.  Sandy Alomar Jr. will replace Acta for the final few games of the season.

The Indians totally cratered in the second half. They went 5-24 in August and are 10-14 in September.  Maybe no manager could have saved this team, but when you skid out of control like that, someone is likely to be held accountable.

As for the future: Alomar was a popular candidate when Acta was hired, has been mentioned as a managerial candidate elsewhere and is much-loved in Cleveland.  This may be a short audition in the run up to being made the permanent skipper.

  1. JB (the original) - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:05 PM


  2. goskinsvt - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    “Good thing I went on local radio 22 hours ago stridently saying that Manny Acta’s job is safe.” – Craig Calcaterra

  3. hbdbrowns33 - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Love Sandy but I dont know if they give it to him in the offseason.

  4. dcfan4life - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    As a Nationals fan that told people years ago when the Indians hired him that Acta just cant motivate players, has no weight in the clubhouse, which when dealing with millionaire playboys means hes not respected, and also said he will not succeed as a manager in Cleveland or anywhere else. Well, Told Ya So…

    • Kevin Gillman - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Gee, thank you so much for your input. I am not sure how I survived for those 3 years without hearing that input about Manny Acta.

    • paperlions - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Yeah, that’s it….lack of motivation. That’s the problem….not lack of talent, nope, can’t be that the roster just isn’t that good….must be lack of motivation.

      • Kevin Gillman - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:29 PM

        The Indians were in first place for at least 43 days during the season, they were STILL in contention on July 26th, when they beat the best pitcher in baseball in Justin Verlander. To say there is zero talent is ignorance. Jason Kipnis is the anchor of the offense, and hands down he should have been an All-Star this year. But he slipped in the 2nd half, as the rest of the team were. But there is no reason why he can’t perform at an All-Star level the rest of his career. Michael Brantley had a breakthrough season, and can repeat that this coming season. Carlos Santana has finally put together good 2nd half numbers, he just has to grow as a Major league player, but Matt Weiters has done that the last two seasons for the Orioles, and has become productive. No reason Sanatan can’t.

        This team was built around pitching, or at least they were supposed to do. Even in the 1st half, you give the Indians the lead, and the bullpen closed it out, like Vinnie Pestano has done, as well as Chris Perez. Nick Hagadone will be a fixture next season, as will Cody Allen, reliable arms that can either keep the team in the game, or close out the win. But Justin Masterson has to become that guy that they were hoping. He was way too inconsistent, and has not been reliable. The biggest mistake the Indians made however was never going out to get the complements. Josh Willingham was wanting to come here, but Antonelli never made the deal, because he didn’t want to go three years. Imagine if he’d be a fixture here in LF, hitting cleanup. Carlos Santana never would have been in 4th spot, and the Indians never would have missed Travis Hafner when he got hurt. The talent is there, it’s just a way of putting things together. Motivation can go a long way sometimes, especially with a manager that lacks that.

      • paperlions - Sep 27, 2012 at 5:12 PM

        Did I say there was zero talent? Excuse me while I review…..*pause*….Nope, I didn’t. I said lack of talent, as in a talent deficit. The Indians 25 man roster has less total talent on it than an average MLB team.

        To state that a player with a .330 OBP and a .380 SLG (Kipnis) is the anchor of the offense, demonstrates either a complete lack of understanding….or the point that their offense just isn’t very good. They have 3 above average offensive players and a bunch of stuff.

        The lowest ERA on their staff for a pitcher that has thrown at least 100 innings is 4.25…and that is the ONLY GUY WITH AN ERA UNDER 5!

        This is a team that lacks the talent to compete. PERIOD.

    • couldntthinkofaname - Sep 27, 2012 at 7:22 PM

      Why don’t you go bother the people you supposed warned about Acta instead of shooting your mouth off–so to speak–on a baseball thread?

  5. natslady - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Good luck to Bo Porter. I hope they didn’t hire him just to fire him in a year or two because the team doesn’t have enough talent.

  6. realgone2 - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:20 PM

    Why just not wait until the season was over? It’s less than a week away.

  7. digbysellers - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    that’s gotta be the end of him getting a manager gig…he’s pooed out twice now

    • paperlions - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      You mean….like Joe Torre did?

  8. tigers182 - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    They gave him 2 years to win with AAAA players and make him the scapegoat. If I’m a legitimate manager, there’s no way I take the Indians job.

    • Kevin Gillman - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Not exactly a scapegoat there Tigers, Manny lost this team in New York back in the month of June when he didn’t fight for his player Jack Hanahan after Jack was ejected for questioning a phantom foul catch Dewayne Wise “caught” or dropped should be the correct term, and he never fought that at all. Manny just never showed any fire. Leyland stands up for his players, Robin Ventura stands up for his players, and those two teams are contenders. He just never did it. It was time.

      • shawndc04 - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM

        Agreed. That was my problem with Manny in Washington. He showed no emotion, let alone fire, didn’t appear to motivate, and just looked befuddled Although he had little talent here he seemed to have no strategy for what he did have. Good man, wrong job.

      • Kevin Gillman - Sep 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

        You would think the guy would change a bit with his strategedy, since he got fired once in Washington, but yeah. Good man, wrong job. I am not sure if any other organization will give him a chance too.

      • Kevin Gillman - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM

        I agree, everything that has been said about Manny is he is a nice guy, and he seems to be. But at the end of the day, I want a manager that has his teams’ backs, because not every call the umps make are correct…LOL But he just didn’t show anything.

  9. jwayne03 - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    I think Albert Belle needs a job!!!!

    • Kevin Gillman - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:58 PM

      Albert can be the bad cop, and Sandy can be the good cop. Why not? LOL

  10. blantoncollier - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    Typical Cleveland Indians under the Dolan’s.

    Chris Antonetti and Mark Shapiro have put together a team stocked with AAA talent and expected Acta to compete. Somehow they were in contention with this flawed team until late June, then when all hell breaks loose they fire Acta. That’s the easy move–fire the manager.

    If Acta should go so too should the others. But Larry and Paul would never do anything that wise.

    To all the fans that think Sandy can save the day–this isnt the hand off from Johnny McNamara to Mike Hargrove. That team had talent. Today’s Indians have no talent.

    There is no joy in Mudville or Cleveland tonight—not with Mark and Chris still in charge of this sinking ship.

    • Kevin Gillman - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      So Jason Kipnis isn’t talented? Carlos Santana, who has been raking in the 2nd half can’t put together a full season like that? Michael Brantley can’t hit .280+ again?

  11. pens5829 - Sep 27, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    You can have Neal Huntington back…

  12. foreverchipper10 - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Man,can’t believe the Cleveland brass would Acta fool like that with a week to go in the season.

  13. randygnyc - Sep 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    There are dozens of people who’d do almost anything to manage in Cleveland. Granted, most are guys just looking to get their first chance to manage a MLB team. But, I suppose guys like riggelman, Randolph, valentine etc would all love another shot.

  14. stoolerz - Sep 27, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Sandy could manage and his brother could be the bench coach-coming off the bench to spit on any umpire willing to make a bad call against them.

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