Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Indians CEO Paul Dolan isn’t in any hurry to make any changes managerially or to the front office.
Dolan said Thursday evening that Acta’s job is not in jeopardy. The same goes for team president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti.
“We all have a lot of work to do,” Dolan said. “But their jobs aren’t at stake in this.
The Indians have lost 21 of their last 25 games and are an abysmal 10-29 since the All Star break.
“It’s been extraordinarily difficult,” Dolan said of the last 3 weeks. “In our entire tenure as owners here we’ve not seen a contending team deep in the season collapse like this.”
The Indians have plummeted from first place to just 2 1/2 games in front of the last place Minnesota Twins in the AL Central standings prompting many to ask, why stay the course?
“As I sit here today, I have no intent to make any changes,” Dolan said. “I have to understand what’s happened and I’m not going to have that understanding today. Hopefully, sometime this offseason we’ll be able to assess and move from there.”
Acta, who is in his third season as manager and has 1 year left on his existing contract, maintains that he is not worried about his job security and is confident that he and the front office are on the same page going forward.
“You know what? I’m never afraid of the unknown or the things that I can’t control,” Acta said. “What’s on my mind is to be able to get my guys to play better baseball and win a ballgame and then go from there. I can control the way I prepare myself. I can control my attitude. I can control how I show up every day to the field, and after that I don’t waste any energy.”
Acta’s comments about not worrying about his own job security came less than 24 hours after saying following their eight consecutive loss in Seattle that his players need to relax because if anyone goes it will be him.
Both Dolan and Acta spoke Thursday evening during a charity bowling event benefiting Acta’s charity, The impActa Kids Foundation.
Shapiro, Antonnetti as well as a few players were on hand for the event.
Since the Dolan family bought the Indians from Richard Jacobs in 2000 for $325 million, the team has made just 2 playoff appearances and haven’t been in the postseason since 2007.
Despite having yet to even come close to making good on their promise to win “multiple championships” when they bought the club, Dolan doesn’t feel failure is an accurate description of their ownership.
“Over the last five years we’ve had some teams that have had some success, including the best team in baseball,” Dolan said, referencing the 2007 club that finished with the best regular-season record. “The fact that we haven’t won consistently is frustrating to all of us. But we have been on balance a team that has accomplished some things in contrast to some teams who have done nothing.
“Our challenge is to take teams and get them to the next level. We thought we were on the verge of doing that this year, which is why it’s so much more frustrating.”
Many fans aren’t happy with ownership to begin with, but this collapse has fans in an angry uproar.
“We share that frustration,” Dolan said. “This has been the most difficult stretch we’ve had as owners. At the end of July we were in the playoffs or on the verge of the playoffs having just beaten [Justin] Verlander then it all fell apart.
“We have to understand what happened and I’m not going to make judgements on that right now.”
What was once a promising season has quickly circled the drain with little help from the front office. Antonetti stood pat at the trade deadline July 31 and did not make a significant move to help the club get over the hump.
Coincidentally the bottom fell out right after, but Dolan refused to draw a correlation to the two events.
“I doubt that it was demoralizing to the team,” Dolan said. “Most teams that I know are glad when they’re kept together like that. We were very aggressive in looking for something that could help the team.
“I’m not convinced given what’s happened that anything that we might have done would’ve made a material difference in what’s happened.”