Per Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Indians will pick up manager Manny Acta’s club option for the 2013 MLB season.
#Indians GM Chris Antonetti says Manny Acta will be back next year as manager.
— paul hoynes (@hoynsie) August 6, 2012
Acta has drawn considerable ire since his team, once in the lead of the AL Central, has dropped nine straight contests and has gone 6-17 since the All-Star break. With Acta’s overall record standing at 192-233, the manager being the subject of criticism at several key points in the season, and a manager-in-waiting in fan favorite Sandy Alomar Jr. on the team’s bench, a change was not far-fetched.
Tribe general manager Chris Antonetti, however, managed to end all speculation.
“I’m very happy with the job Manny has done,” Antonetti said. “Obviously, it’s been a tough road trip, but I think he’s continued to provide very good leadership not only throughout the road trip, but throughout his tenure here. I certainly think he’s part of the solution, not part of our issues.”
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