Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The inevitable move that many saw coming for the Indians heading out of 2012 and into 2013 has taken place a few days before the end of the year.
Manny Acta, whose contract for 2013 was already in place after the teams 2011 season, was fired today, just six games before the end of the 2012 campaign.
Sandy Alomar Jr., who was rumored to be in the running to take over for Acta at seasons end heading into 2013, will manage the final six games of the regular season.
Acta managed just under three seasons with the Indians, and leaves the team after they crumbled in the second half, going 65-91 with six home games left, tied for last with the Twins.
The team was 3.5 games out late in July, but the pitching faltered down the stretch, and the hitting was simply never there most of the season.
They went on to lose 21 of 25 and eventually sliding all the way back to last. It certainly wasn’t all Acta’s fault, but there were times when the Indians seemed to be going through the motions and a lack of effort isn’t a positive reflection on any manager.
Acta went 214-266 in nearly three seasons with the Indians.
The Indians will have a 4:15pm press conference to talk about the firing at Progressive Field. They open the last homestand of 2012 Friday night vs the Royals.
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