Indians fire Manny Acta
September 27, 2012
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.
“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.”
Acta compiled a record of 214-266 (.446) over his three seasons with the Indians after being named the 40th Manager in franchise history on October 25, 2009. His .418 winning percentage as a manager over his six year career is the second worst in baseball history for those who have managed as many games as he has.
“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.”
Alomar, 46, has been a member of the Cleveland Indians Major League coaching staff since 2010, and was promoted to bench coach in 2011. In addition to managing the final six games of the 2012 season, he will also be a candidate for the position during a search process that will begin immediately and will likely include candidates such as Terry Francona, Mike Sarbaugh and others. The rest of the coaching staff will remain intact through the end of the season.
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58 yrs. following the Indians, few outstanding managers in that time, and I get excited about this guy and they scapegoat him.
Sandy Alomar is a great choice, but how will this affect the Indians in the DR?
They did win last night, right? They have been playing a bit better in September than August, right?
This team (front office and ownership) has had me puzzled for a few years now, this is just another odd move to me. But it is only part of a very long list of odd moves.
Can't put a finger on what happened in the last week to trigger this move now but I would be interested to learn.
One thing here is that no serious manager candidate is going to come here given the limited support in payroll from ownership and the limited support in players provided by the front office. A manager is coming into a losing situation.