Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – As the Indians trudge through their longest losing streak of 2012 to date, the pressure on GM Chris Antonetti and manager Manny Acta seems to be ever growing.
Thursday when appearing on the “Animal House” with Dustin Fox and Adam “The Bull” on 92.3 The Fan, the Tribe GM took center stage to answer the tough questions, the biggest of which is about Acta and his future.
When asked point blank if Acta is on the “hot seat” that so many underwhelming managers find themselves at this time of the year, the GM stood by his man with a simple answer.
“Absolutely not,” Antonetti said. “Manny has done a very good job managing this team, he’s put the guys in a position to be successful, overall when you look at our run differential, our runs scored and our runs allowed, it would dictate a worse record then has been shown so far.
“I think we’re in the position and we’re in the race based on some of the decisions that Manny has made.”
Antonetti said a second time that Acta is NOT going anywhere, and once again stood by the manager with comments stating how good of a job he feels that Acta has done.
“I have every confidence in the world in Manny and the job that he has done this year,” Antonetti said.
So when pushed to ask who exactly the blame shifts on for the players that Acta and the coaching staff has to work with – the GM once again took accountability as to where the blame lies.
“All of the accountability and the responsibility lies with me,” Antonetti said.
Right now with the Indians sitting 2.5 games back in the division, there’s a lot of people who are piling on the team to get things done, and Antonetti said that he knows they have to get back to winning – quickly.
“We’re certainly going through a stretch right now where we are not playing our best baseball,” Antonetti said. “Every team goes through these stretches throughout the course of the year, and the good teams find their way out of them quickly.”
“Our focus needs to be on what we need to do from this point forward. Of how to go to get back on the winning track.”
There’s plenty of discussion as to how much Antonetti and Acta work together, and the GM again stuck up for his manager, and says there’s no doubt that he and the manager are on the same page.
“Manny and I talk all the time, we talk on a daily basis,” Antonetti said. “He makes very informed decisions, he’s very self-critical, when decisions work out of not he takes time to rehash those decisions and decide if he could have done things differently.”
Now the question lies with Antonetti and the team – can they get this turned around? In the meantime, how much heat can Antonetti and Acta handle while this team continues to scuffle?