Manny Acta Fired, Sandy Alomar Jr. Takes over as Indians' Interim Manager

Pat KondzellaCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2012

Manny Acta was dismissed as the Cleveland Indians' manager on Thursday.
Manny Acta was dismissed as the Cleveland Indians' manager on Thursday.David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

The Cleveland Indians fired manager Manny Acta on Thursday, and replaced him with bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. in the interim, according to MLB.com.

Vice president and general manager Chris Antonetti had this to say about Acta and the dismissal of the Indians' manager:

The Cleveland Indians would like to thank Manny Acta for everything he has done for the organization in his three seasons as our manager. Manny's passion for the game, positive attitude and tremendous knowledge of baseball helped guide us to a number of high points during his tenure. Managerial changes are never easy or taken lightly, but as we approached the end of the season and turned our attention to assessing the year, we determined a change was necessary.

The dismissal of Acta hopefully signals a change in direction for the Cleveland Indians organization. Acta compiled a career managerial record of 372-518, a winning percentage of .418 over six total years with the Washington Nationals and Indians. He was 214-266 (.446) in his three-year tenure with the Indians.

Alomar Jr. has been on the Indians coaching staff for the last three seasons and has never been a manager at any level.

Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com tweeted the following about Alomar Jr.'s possibility of returning full time and of the possible reasons for the firing of Acta:

I'd be shocked if #Indians don't give Sandy Alomar Jr. the job full-time. Players love him, fans love him. Players had soured on Acta.

— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) September 27, 2012

I would not mind it if the Indians signed Alomar Jr. to be their full-time manager. He was much beloved as an Indians player for 11 years from 1990-2000.

It would seem as if the players would give him the immediate respect as Alomar Jr. is a former major leaguer. Alomar was no scrub either. He made the All-Star team six times as a catcher and appeared in the postseason five times from 1995-1999.

However, as I detailed yesterday, the Indians have the perfect candidate in Triple-A manager Mike Sarbaugh waiting in the wings. For a more detailed look at Sarbaugh's credentials and Acta's failings, check out this piece. Sarbaugh has won championships at almost every minor league level he has managed.

Either way, it's nice knowing that the Indians have two, solid in-house candidates to be Acta's successor.

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