Sandy Alomar Jr.'s debut as interim manager was a successful one as Cleveland beat Kansas City 8-5
Friday night in the first game of the Indians' season-ending six-game homestand. It was a nice start for
Alomar, who is the favorite to be named the Indians' manager for 2013.
The Indians, who fired manager Manny Acta on Thursday, intend to conduct a thorough managerial search
after the season. That search has already begun. General manager Chris Antonetti said the club has begun
putting together a list of potential candidates.
Antonetti has called Alomar "a primary" candidate, and Friday Antonetti revealed the name of another
candidate. That would be former Red Sox manager Terry Francona. Antonetti said he has talked with Francona
and that Francona will be interviewed for the job at a date still to be determined.
Antonetti said there could be some candidates whose teams are in contention for the postseason and he
would not be able to talk to them until their seasons are finished. The Indians general manager said he
wasn't sure how many candidates will be brought to Cleveland for formal interviews. The last time the
Indians conducted a managerial search, following the 2009 season, they brought three candidates in for
interviews: Acta, Bobby Valentine and former Indians minor league manager Torey Lovullo.
Antonetti said there is no timetable for hiring the new manager. "But we'd like to get it done as soon
as possible," he said. That timetable will be affected by whether or not Antonetti will have to wait for
the end of the postseason before talking to potential candidates.
For now, Alomar was happy to get a win in his debut as a major league manager. "I wasn't nervous. I was
anxious more than anything," he said. "I wanted to get that first one under my belt. There's been a lot
going on here the last couple of days."