Holding Manny Acta accountable for what the Cleveland Indians season became would be sort of like saying a leak in the aqueduct led to the fall of the Roman Empire.
The Indians have issues.
Lots of issues.
The manager was not among the most prominent.
Manny Acta actually had his positive attributes. He was patient and honest. And he knows baseball. For three-quarters of one season and about half of another, he kept a team that had absolutely no business being in contention in contention.
If the definition of managing is getting the most from players, then that might have been getting a lot from the players.
But in baseball if the ownership is not willing to change the front office or its approach, it's always the manager who suffers. Always. Even the last time the Indians fired a manager -- Eric Wedge -- Paul Dolan referred to the tried-and-true baseball way of changing managers.
How'd that work out?
The negatives about Acta are seen in two numbers: 15 and 42. That...