Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer had an interesting piece on August 15, as he focused on the struggles of Asdrubal Cabrera and Jason Kipnis in the second half. More importantly, he had a quote from Indians manager Manny Acta:
"It's no secret, we're going to need to improve our offense," said Acta. "We're going to have to find a solution in left field, we're going to have to find a solution at first base and we're going to have to find a solution at DH. That's pretty obvious. And the third base situation is not determined either. Lonnie [Chisenhall] has a broken arm. The guys that are here right now are fine and doing what they can, but we expect more."
Fans could not have said it better for him. It is a good thing to call out who is playing for the Tribe right now, questioning their skills. It would have been even more interesting if this happened around the All-Star break or during the 11-game losing skid.
We have all discussed the need for help in various discussions, from the focus on the 2013 Indians to moves the Indians should have made, but how big of a cup does Manny Acta need for this move? Surely, publicly declaring the failure of the current roster isn't going to sit well with ownership, right?
Acta basically states that Kipnis, Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo and Carlos Santana are the only players who can hit in the lineup. He clearly forgot that Michael Brantley has done well this year, but you certainly can't fight him on anything else.
Say what you will about Acta and the lack of success he has had as a manager in the majors. His 361-491 (.424) career record leaves a lot to be desired; however, Acta is just 43 years old and is thought of highly in baseball due to his involvement in the Dominican Republic and his success as a minor league manager before earning a shot with the Washington Nationals in 2007. While you can blame him for the lineups that he puts together, you can't blame him for the lack of talent that he is handed by management.
Good for Manny Acta, stepping forward and declaring a need, sending the blame away from himself and to those who SHOULD be held responsible for the disaster that is the 2012 season for the Cleveland Indians: Mark Shapiro, Chris Antonetti and the Dolan family.