The Cleveland Indians fired Manny Acta on Thursday so they could presumably get a jump start on their offseason pursuit of a new manager. With Sandy Alomar Jr.'s name being bantered about with several potential openings come this offseason, this could give the Indians an advantage. Of course, with the front office intact, will a new manager really make a difference? Jim Pete discusses 'new manager folly," after the jump.
The Cleveland Indians today announced that manager Manny Acta will not return as manager. The decision is immediate and he will not manage the team the last six games of the season. Bench coach Sandy Alomar will serve as interim manager for the remainder of the season.
Both the Fall Development Program and the Arizona Parallel League were in action yesterday in Instructional League, and Tony provides the full breakdown of both games with stats and information from all the players in both games. Players like Alex Monsalve, D'Vone McClure, Jake Lowery, Jake Sisco, Grant Sides, and others all had good games yesterday.
The Indians won their final road game of the season by beating the White Sox 6-4 on Wednesday night, largely thanks to a strong showing from the bullpen. By taking the rubber game of their series against Chicago, the Indians bumped the Sox out of 1st place in the division. Adam McGavin chimes in with his second thoughts on the game.
A few weeks ago Jeff Ellis compared the Indians to the Reds hitter by hitter and using the highest ranking that player had achieved on Baseball America's top 100 list he tried to decipher if there was a rhyme or reason to prospect failure. This time around he looks at the pitchers for the Indians and Reds and uncovers several interesting things while coming to an obvious conclusion.
The Fall Development League was off yesterday, but the Parallel League which has the older more advanced players in Instructional League was in action. Tony recaps the good showing from the likes of LeVon Washington, Todd Hankins, Jerrud Sabourin, and others in this ongoing special edition of Around the Farm.
...it was the worst of times. With the Indians season winding down, the 2013 season looms. While the Indians are likely to make a move with regards to Chris Antonneti and Manny Acta quickly, what's less sure is what's going to happen to the roster. Here's Jim Pete's quick look at what could happen, as he looks into his crystal ball...after the jump...
Facing a left-hander Tuesday, it did not seem promising for the Cleveland Indians. However, the Tribe was able to capitalize off a big three-run fourth inning and then held on for the win. Also, Russ Canzler stayed hot and hit his second home run in as many days. IPI's Steve Orbanek offers his Second Thoughts after the jump.
There was more action out in Arizona yesterday as both the Indians' Fall Development League and Parallel League teams were in action. Tony provides all the stats from each game and the updates on how some players are doing out in Instructional League. Newcomer Naoki Hashimoto struggled once again, Jose Ramirez continues to set opposing pitchers ablaze, Elvis Araujo is finishing very strong, and lots more.
The Indians fought admirably on Monday night, but Vinnie Pestano had a rare stumble and a two-out, 9th inning rally came up just short as the Indians fell to the White Sox 5-4. Zach McAllister pitched very well and the Indians hung in there against Chris Sale, but two Adam Dunn homers did them in. Adam McGavin shares his thoughts on the game.
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves tonight from 10:00pm – 11:00pm EST. The Indians season has a little over a week remaining, and that is the same thing for “Smoke Signals” as this is our second to last show of the year before our two-hour season finale on a special night next Monday. Tonight, Jim and Tony will hit on a bunch of random topics surrounding the Indians as they look to tie up loose ends before they break down the season and preview the offseason next week.
Tony continues with his fifth piece of his six-part series recapping all six of the Indians' stateside affiliates. In Tony's review of the Indians' Low-A affiliate the Lake County Captains, he sat down with the Indians front office over the weekend and discussed their season, the exceptional seasons from the likes of Jordan Smith, Cody Anderson, Francisco Lindor, and others, the breakout performances of Cole Cook, Jerrud Sabourin, Jose Ramirez and others, and some of those like Felix Sterling, Jake Lowery, and others that fell short of expectations but much is still expected of them.
Given the way that the Indians season has gone, it's hard to talk about moral victories, but the Indians got a big one yesterday. With the team's 15-4 win over the Kansas City Royals, the Indians improved to 63-90 and are now assured that they will not lose 100 games this season. IPI's Steve Orbanek offers his Second Thoughts after the jump.
It seems like it was not long ago that Hector Rondon was one of the most promising starting pitching prospects within the Cleveland Indians farm system. Fast forward to 2012 and Rondon is no longer the prospect he once was. What does the future hold for Rondon? IPI's Steve Orbanek offers his take in this week's edition of Then & Now.
The Tribe's Instructional League team threw out some offense on Saturday morning, rolling over the Reds to the tune of 9-1. There were hits galore, as everyone either got a hit, or got on base. Leading the charge was Jake Lowery, who launched his first Arizona home run in the Instructional League. Find out who else made a name for themselves, after the jump...
Tony chimes in with his weekly Sunday notebook and touches on how he believes that the Matt LaPorta Era in Cleveland is sadly (or mercifully) coming to an end this year, notes the lack of faith the fans have in the organization from top to bottom, looks at Terry Francona as a managerial candidate, gives an update on Roberto Hernandez and his future, plus lots more.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!