With Manny Acta’s ousting — and reprecussion-free front office — on Thursday, the Cleveland Indians have named Sandy Alomar Jr. as interim manager. MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince believes the team should save everyone the time and merely drop the “interim” tag from the long-time catcher’s title.
“My advice to Antonetti?” writes Castrovince. ”Save your time, save your cell phone minutes and save everybody involved the hassle of submitting to a process that seems to have yet another inevitable result. Just name Alomar the permanent manager and be done with it.
“This is not meant to belittle the names that will be tossed into the fire of the rumor mill. Nor is this an affront against the benefits of careful deliberation and consideration. But given these particular circumstances — with a perfectly reasonable candidate in place and many pertinent and pressing questions being posed about the direction of the franchise — I’d say Antonetti and Co. would be best-served to place their emphasis and put their time in elsewhere.”
Alomar will be in charge of the Indians through their final six contests. He has drawn interest from multiple other teams in their past managerial searches and obviously has ties to the city of Cleveland. The Indians, engulfed in an inferno of PR disaster, could easily leverage nostalgia in their favor and, as Castrovince writes, has a lot of fans wearing jerseys with the name “Indians” scrawled across the front.