Manny Acta dismissed, Sandy Alomar named interim manager of Cleveland Indians

Saying Manny Acta was the problem this year with the Cleveland Indians would be tough to do with a straight face. It also would be tough to say conclusively that he was a part of the solution going forward. With that, and on the heels of an disappointing epic of a season, the Cleveland Indians have fired Manny Acta with six games to go and naming Sandy Alomar Jr. as interim manager, according to Jordan Bastian.1

It’s difficult to understand the timing of the dismissal. With six games left, it doesn’t seem like the Indians are getting any kind of substantial look at Sandy Alomar as manager. Additionally, if they don’t know Sandy by now, it is reasonable to wonder if they ever will.

I’m sure the story will come out eventually. Was Acta pushing the Indians to make their decision? Were other teams calling for permission to interview Alomar with the end of the season so close? Are there some other tea leaves blowing in the wind that I just can’t smell yet?

For now, we know that Acta is gone and he won’t be back next season. There will be a 4:15 PM press conference with Tribe GM Chris Antonetti.

[Related: Indians win 6-4, knock White Sox out of first place]

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Footnotes:

  1. And every other Indians writer and commentator for that matter, but I saw Bastian first. []
  • Steve

    We’ve beaten them 19 out of 20 years or so. This one year, by itself, is not a representative sample of how we do compared to other small markets.

  • Garry_Owen

    Aw snap. You got rope-a-doped!

  • porckchopexpress

    Where did you get that 99 OPS number from? Baseball reference and ESPN have the Indians at .705 and .703 respectively. Thats good for 22 in the league which is bottom not middle of the league.
    I’m not sure what you are trying to prove with the second half of your argument. So Antonetti gave Acta a bottom 3rd of the league batting order that was helpless against left handed pitching lineup (only 3 guys with a .250+ BA against lefties). He then handed them a “mediocre” pitching staff. And your argument is that Acta is still more to blame for not getting the most out of a mediocre pitching staff, and terrible batting order? Please explain.
    Again, I agree Acta had to go, there is no way to justify how his teams just die in the 2nd half. However, there is no way to justify the way this FO has just left them in purgatory. Scouting for the draft and minor league prospects, player development, making trades, signing FA, these are all things that a front office does and they have failed at every one of them.

  • porckchopexpress

    @56171ee7987d15d897e33cfbad4029e3:disqus
    I posted this as part of something bigger below but I was curious where you got your numbers from, and didn’t want it getting lost in the jumble.
    Where did you get that 99 OPS number from? Baseball reference and ESPN have the Indians at .705 and .703 respectively. Thats good for 22 in the league which is bottom not middle of the league.

  • CBI

    Oops, wrong button.

  • CBI

    No, one year does not make a trend, but it sure can be the start of one. This team’s management has no depth in the minor leagues, no ability to identify value in the free agent market or to get back equal talent in the trade market. Unless something significant changes, I see this team continuing to compete more like the Royals and the Rockies then the Cardinals or the Reds.

  • Natedawg86

    Would be hard to root for another small market team which came out of nowhere, and built through the draft the right way, made the right FA moves, and has 3M more team salary than CLE and 30 more wins than them…kind of depressing. Nats were 80-81 last year (according to yahoo I don’t know why they didn’t play 162)

  • mgbode

    i would argue that DC is no small market team. i would agree that they built this thing the right way (getting Strasburg/Harper certainly helps) and have made a bunch of good moves.

    I think they’ll be more like Texas where they stripped down (though Washington bottomed out more), and when they built up they will utilize their true market size to keep their players and become a bigger payroll team.

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