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Indians GM Chris Antonetti gets vote of confidence after firing Manny Acta

Sep 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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Last month Indians general manager Chris Antonetti told reporters that Manny Acta would be back as manager next season. And then yesterday Antonetti fired Acta.

That alone makes it pretty tough to place much weight in anything the Indians say about hiring and firing at this point, but yesterday Antonetti got a vote of confidence from upper management. Presumably it means more than the vote of confidence Acta got from Antonetti.

Here’s what team president Mark Shapiro–who was the GM before moving upstairs in 2010–said about going forward with Antonetti:

We obviously look at a broad range of criteria when we’re evaluating everybody. Chris is dealing with a set of challenges, which I understand, some of which are the creation of the organization that he and I ran together, and some of which are the result of other decisions.

But I feel he’s controlled the bulk of what he can control well. [Indians CEO Paul Dolan] and I still endorse strongly his vision for how we can be competitive and, ultimately, a championship team. We feel that he’s uniquely qualified and more capable than any other person in leading us to that outcome.

As far as votes of confidence go that’s a good one, I guess, and it’s worth noting that Shapiro was still technically the GM when the Indians hired Acta to a three-year contract following the 2009 season. Shapiro may also feel responsible that some of his final moves as GM didn’t set up Antonetti for immediate success, but whatever the case it seems pretty clear that 2013 will be a make-or-break year for Antonetti in Cleveland.

  1. kevinleaptrot - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    And the death watch begins.

  2. willclarkgameface - Sep 28, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    Vote of confidence? For what, having one of the worst 2nd half teams that side of Pittsburgh?

    Come on.

    I’m not sure what they need to do in Cleveland to finally win something, but my God do they need to get SOMETHING happening. Those teams of the 90s were too much of a cock tease for this to be the way things are gonna go down now.

  3. paperlions - Sep 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    So….Antonetti was dealing with challenges and get’s a break.

    Acta was dealing with challenges too (being provided with less talent than average talent and a horrible pitching staff), much of which was the doing of Antonetti (and Shapiro)… he’s fired.

  4. randygnyc - Sep 28, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Did he really say that he expects the Indians to compete for a championship, anytime soon? He should’ve just stopped after saying “competitive”. Now he just looks foolish.

  5. willclarkgameface - Sep 28, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Chris Antonetti goes on my GM LIST OF SMUGGERY. Here is the list thus far:
    T1) Mike Rizzo
    T1) Ruben Amaro Jr.
    3) Chris Antonetti

    Feel free to add names.

    • kevinleaptrot - Sep 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM

      When your team has the best record in baseball and a very bright future, as do the Nats, you can be smug. Not that I think Mike Rizzo is. A great GM yes, smug, no.

  6. blantoncollier - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Shapiro stated: “Chris is dealing with a set of challenges, which I understand, some of which are the creation of the organization that he and I ran together, and some of which are the result of other decisions”


    In other words..that cheap guy Paul Dolan, wont spend any money so Chris has to get these damn AAA players and try and make it work.

  7. dslproductions - Sep 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    I’ve never seen a team with less self-insight in upper management than these Indians. Shapiro IS the problem. They’ve been losers ever since he’s been GM. Can him now, plus his cabin-boy Antonetti. Sell the team too, as the Dolans have less baseball knowledge than my poodle.

    Start anew with Grover as GM and Alomar as coach. Let’s get back to the greatness of the ’90s!

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