On Thursday, September 27 the Cleveland Indians announced Manny Acta would not return for the 2013 season. Bench coach Sandy Alomar was named interim manager for the final six games of the season. Acta took over duties on October 25, 2009 and compiled a record of 214-266 in his tenure as skipper.
The dismissal comes as no surprise as someone had to take the fall for the Indians' abysmal collapse during the second half of the season. It can be argued blame for the failure goes up even higher, however this may just be the start of a complete overhaul of the organization.
In a press release issued by the Cleveland Indians, the team issued a pair of statements:
"The Cleveland Indians would like to thank Manny Acta for everything he has done for the organization in his three seasons as our Manager," said Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Antonetti. "Manny's passion for the game, positive attitude and tremendous knowledge of baseball helped guide us to a number of high points during his tenure. Managerial changes are never easy or taken lightly, but as we approached the end of the season and turned our attention to assessing the year, we determined a change was necessary."
"I have great respect for Manny and appreciate the effort he exhibited not only leading our team, but also the contributions he made in our community over the past three years," said Cleveland Indians Chairman/CEO Paul Dolan. "I fully support Chris' decision to make this change and am confident that he will lead a tireless search to find the right individual to lead the club to our ultimate goal of winning the World Series."
I am sure fans would not expect anything less than the most politically correct statements imaginable. What irks me about the situation is why they would not wait until the end of the season to make their decision. Perhaps Acta wanted out and now was as good of a time as any to make the change.
The firing of Acta will certainly lead to a very busy and exciting offseason. A new manager and a roster overhaul are already on the "to do" list. I am curious, with all the changes in store, how the team will be "sold" to the fans in an effort to improve the damaged relationship.
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Cleveland Indians Press Release - September 27, 2012
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