Found October 04, 2012 on Fox Sports Ohio:
CLEVELAND -- Looking for something dramatic from the Cleveland Indians this offseason as they try to rebound from a 68-win season? General Manager Chris Antonetti said it's already started. "In my view we've made a significant change," Antonetti said Thursday at the post-mortem to 2012. "We're changing one of the leadership positions within the organization. That's a pretty dramatic step." That change would be with the manager, and it might buy the Indians a little bit of credibility, because the team is focused on hiring either uber-popular former player Sandy Alomar or Terry Francona, who won two World Series as manager of the Red Sox. After that, there's a lot of work to do for the front office and new manager. Because the brightest managers lose smarts if the talent is lacking. And the Indians have lost 93 or more games in three of the last four years. Antonetti talked about improving the starting rotation -- ERA: 5.25 -- and looking...
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