Let me just get this out of the way first. Hiring Manny Acta is not a sexy, “get the fans excited,” kind of move. I am guessing that there will be no uptick of ticket sales in the Cleveland Indians’ offices today. So, then what should we all think of the Indians’ latest hire? Much like Terry Pluto said, I have no idea.
In all fairness to Acta and his record with the Nationals, I don’t think Joe Torre deserves all the credit he gets for the 90′s New York Yankees either. Acta had horrible results as manager of the Nationals. Then again, how would Joe Torre have performed there? Torre has been out there turning around the Dodgers. He also has been able to get management to bring in Manny Ramirez and a host of other players including the incomparable Casey Blake. In Washington, I am guessing Acta would have considered the addition of an aging journeyman like Casey Blake to his roster as an absolute blessing. [Read more...]