Manny Acta Fool
“It’s part of the business. I understand it. I was hired to win as many games as I could. I gave my best.”
Earlier today, Cleveland fired manager Manny Acta after the team posted a 15 - 38 record since the beginning of August. For the second year in a row, Cleveland teased its fans by playing competent baseball before things averaged out, as they tend to in this game. It’s tough to blame Acta too much for performance of the team, which has been plagued by poor pitching and underachieving performances by some of its key players. Nonetheless, a 65 - 91 record (tied with the Twins as the worst in the AL) doesn’t do a guy any favors.
Since 2010, the team was 214 - 216 under Acta’s guidance. Sandy Alomar Jr., not to be confused with Candy Malomar Jr. - see what I did there? - will take over in the interim. Now we can only hope that Chris Antonetti will show Chief Wahoo the door as well because how many playoff appearances has he led the team to over the last year?
Shortly after, news broke that Cleveland has had preliminary contact with Terry Francona, best known for his role as an ESPN baseball analyst from 2012 - 2012, regarding the managerial opening. Francona is certainly capable of helping to get the house in order, but it’s going to take a bit more than a great tan and a player-friendly clubhouse to get things back on track for the Indians.