Despite suffering another 90-plus loss season the Cleveland Indians still managed to obtain sports headlines around the city Thursday, September 27th, firing manager Manny Acta. The skipper served as the Tribe's head honcho since 2010. During his near three-year managerial reign Acta led the Indians to a 214-266 record, failing to put together one .500 or better season.
In an afternoon press conference Cleveland Indians GM Chris Antonetti explained the reasoning behind letting Manny Acta go. "Unfortunately, our results on the field fell short of our expectations. We're disappointed that we were not able to win more consistently under Manny's leadership. We believe a new approach at this point will give us the best chance moving forward."
To finish out the 2012 season Cleveland promoted bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. to interim manager. During the press conference Antonetti confirmed Alomar remains a credible candidate for becoming the permanent skipper. Former Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies manager Terry Francona will also gain consideration for the opening, reports The Plain Dealer's Indians beat writer Paul Hoynes.
Personally I'm disappointed by the Cleveland Indians' choice to fire Acta because I believe the fault belongs elsewhere. I mention this in my previous article, "Fan's Take: Should the Cleveland Indians Fire Manager Manny Acta?" Basically I agreed with The News Herald's Jim Ingraham who in early September wrote the following.
"Roughly one-third of this Indians roster consists of marginal major-league players, at best. They aren't responding to the manager's leadership? Go get some new players. You don't abandon a manager because fringe major leaguers aren't responding to him."
Who should receive blame for the Cleveland Indians' lack in talent? Chris Antonetti carries some responsibility, which he did confess during the press conference. Yet Paul Hoynes indicates in his report Antonetti will return in 2013 as the team's GM. This leaves me uncertain regarding how to feel.
Now back in my aforementioned article I implied Chris Antonetti deserves an opportunity to see how he can utilize money freed up by Indians hitting free agency, namely designated hitter Travis Hafner, outfielder Grady Sizemore, and first baseman Casey Kotchman. However if the Indians brass showed Acta the door, why shouldn't Antonetti encounter the same treatment?
Ultimately, I disagree with terminating Manny Acta but keeping Chris Antonetti. Both should stay or both should go, but oh well. While I may not like all the decisions Cleveland Indians management makes, I'm still a sucker for Tribe baseball. Color me a fool if you so desire.
Zachary Fenell fell in love with the Cleveland Indians during the 1995 season when the Tribe powered their way to the organization's first World Series appearance since 1954. While the Indians lost some allure since the 1990s you will still find Zachary watching the games on TV, listening to them on the radio, or best yet taking in a game from the stands at Progressive Field.
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