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David Blaine, David Copperfield, Harry Houdini, Manny Acta… one of these men is not a magician.
Sandy Alomar Jr. won his first game as the manager of the Cleveland Indians last night. It couldn’t have gone much better, really. He got a quality start from I-71 veteran in southpaw David Huff, the piecework lineup combined for 16 hits, and the bullpen closed it out with Chris Perez capped it with his 39th save. The Tribe topped the Royals in the series opener 8-5, and there were smiles all around for the former behind the plate legend and bench coach that most like and respect. However, as I watched the game and heard the growing discussion about Sandy’s candidacy for the job and the likelihood that he’ll get the job, it was a tad bittersweet for yours truly. All I can think about is that sad day when they’ll have to cut him loose, as the Indians did with Manny Acta on Thursday.
Why am I so discouraged by this development? It’s a combination of disagreement in the timing and dismissal ...
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Full disclosure right off the bat: I am in the tank for Manny Acta.
Say what you want to say about Acta the manager, but the man himself is a true gem. Anyone who has covered him, seen him speak in public, or was lucky enough to cross paths with him can’t help but like him. He is the definition of the word “personable.”
In the end, personality can only get you so far. The results...
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...
The Cleveland Indians have fired manager Manny Acta after the team collapsed from contention.
Acta, hired by Cleveland in 2009 after two losing seasons as Washington's manager, couldn't stop the Indians from falling to last place in the AL Central. They were within three games of first place on July 21 before losing 21 of 25 and eventually sliding all the way back to last...
The rolling of managerial heads has begun a week before the end of the season with the firing of Manny Acta as Cleveland Indians manager. He'll be replaced by his bench coach and former long-time Indians catcher Sandy Alomar Jr for the rest of the season.
Acta just didn't work out during his three year stint as Indians manager, replacing Eric Wedge prior to the 2010 campaign...
By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Phot by Getty Images
The Cleveland Indians have fired their manager with a few games left.
Manager Manny Acta was let go with six games left on the season. In August, the team had a miserable month, and they felt they couldn’t wait to keep him around for a few more days.
“That month just crushed...
The Indians announced manager Manny Acta was fired with six games remaining in the 2012 season. He'll be replaced on an interim basis by Sandy Alomar. Acta compiled a record of 214-266 (.446) over his three seasons after being named manager on October 25, 2009. Acta previously managed the Washington Nationals but was fired at midseason and replaced by Jim Riggleman. "...
The Cleveland Indians fired manager Manny Acta on Thursday, as the team continued to fall further and further out of contention as the 2012 MLB season progressed. It was the second straight season that the Indians began the year off well, only to falter in August and September. Acta was replaced with Sandy Alomar Jr. for the final week of the season.
But even before...
Before his first game as Indians interim manager, Sandy Alomar Jr. thanked the man he replaced.
In praising Manny Acta for helping him grow into a candidate for the permanent position as manager after the season, Alomar adhered to his personal philosophy: Put others first.
That's just one reasons the Indians asked Alomar to move up from bench coach to replace Acta, fired on...
After firing manager Manny Acta, the Cleveland Indians could use a dose of positivity.
The Indians will try to gain that Friday night in their debut under interim boss Sandy Alomar Jr., seeking their first three-game win streak in nearly three months and an improved showing against the Kansas City Royals.
Cleveland (65-91) was 3 1/2 games out of first in the AL Central as recently...
The White Sox have completely collapsed, a huge part of which was the Indians last series win over Chicago. Unless both Cleveland and Detroit get swept this week, the Sox are officially out of the playoffs in 2012.
The Indians seem to have a newfound motivation with the introduction of Sandy Alomar, Jr. as manager. This team, which has struggled all season scoring runs, has...
Player of the Game
Ezequiel Carrera won tonight's Player of the Game battle with a score of 4.67. Carrera added 3 clutch singles today to knock in 3 runs. He also scored a run himself. Carrera now has 3 PoG awards this season. Jason Kipnis and Shin-Soo Choo also had scores above 4.
Sandy Alomar, Jr. made his managerial debut today as former manager Manny Acta...
According to Adam the Bull of 92.3 the Fan in Cleveland, the Cleveland Indians are talking with former Red Sox manager Terry Francona following the dismissal of Indians manager Manny Acta. Francona, 53, is currently a broadcaster for ESPN after having his option declined by the Red Sox following the 2011 season.
The Indians, meanwhile, have named Sandy Alomar interim manager and...
It’s not news today given that the Indians’ season technically ended about three months ago, but with Manny Acta just having become a casualty along with so much precious space in what was hilariously dubbed a “contention window,” it’s a fine time to recognize and celebrate the continued success of the best streak going in sports.
Forty-eight Major League Baseball seasons...
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