Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Newsflash! Indians manager Manny Acta is on the hot seat!
Oh wait, you and the rest of the world already knew that.
Then why on Tuesday afternoon did CBS Baseball Insider Jon Heyman’s small eight paragraph piece about how all the sudden Acta’s job is up in the air at the end of the season draw such a stir?
Heyman, who does a great job with news and rumors about town, wrote the following about the current status of Acta’s job, which remember has already been extended by the Indians for the 2013 season.
“With the team 4-12 since the younger Dolan’s vote of confidence, Acta’s job security seems even less certain.”
Well tell me something I don’t already know. Acta’s job SHOULD be looked at very carefully at the end of the season. The team is 59-83 after Tuesday’s loss in Texas, and they are tied with the Twins for last in the division.
Here’s the problem with the timing of what Heyman is stating about all the sudden the Indians owners being “unhappy” with Acta the past few weeks – what did you expect?
If you have been following the Indians recently (and from the jokes I hear just about daily about team I am guessing you haven’t), I don’t know how Acta is all to blame for what’s been running on the field during the disaster of a second half.
No question that when the team was 3.5 out after beating Justin Verlander on July 26th that the team was and looked different, but how much of the blame can be on Acta for losing a game with the lineup run out Tuesday night?
Shin-Soo Choo (has gone from a .300 hitter to now .279, and at times playing like he’s mailed it in)
Jason Kipnis (clearly dinged up, under .260 at .257)
Carlos Santana (having a second half surge, but STILL only hitting .245)
Russ Canzler (34 at-bats, and no matter how well he’s played, no call-up in September should be hitting 4th)
Matt LaPorta (Do I even need to comment on LaPorta at this point?)
Brent Lillibridge (Mid-season pickup who plays a lot, hitting .194.)
Jason Donald (Below .200 at .195, team had ideas of moving him earlier this year)
Thomas Neal (Called up from Double A, kinda like having an extra kicker in NFL training camp)
Ezequiel Carrera (Starting to slide after a hot start with the MLB team, still lost at times in the OF)
So there’s your one through nine from the game, and people are surprised that the Indians are losing when they run out this bunch?!
You can blame Acta, you can say he’s lost the team, you can say his voice no longer gets through to the players. At the end of the day though, the players need to be held accountable as well, along with the GM that gave Acta the players that can’t seem to win anymore – Chris Antonetti.
Do I think Acta is going to get fired three weeks from tomorrow the day after the season ends? Yes. Does he deserve it after the way the team fell off the earth? Not quite as much as people think he does.
Heyman’s piece clearly shows that someone is laying the groundwork to make Acta the fall guy in this slide. At the end of the day though, there’s a lot of others at the top that should be looking themselves in the mirror as well.