Alomar in Charge: Indians fire Manny Acta, hand interim reigns to Sandy Alomar
Under Acta, the Indians went a horrible 5-24 in August, the worst single month in the Indians' 110-year franchise history . People, that 110 years includes a lot of bad baseball.
Firing Manny Acta and hiring Sandy Alomar, Jr. is a great way to get Cleveland fans to show up as the Indians play out the dismal string of season-ending six-game home stand. Alomar is wildly beloved in Cleveland, having played catcher for the Indians through the 1990s when the Indians were sensational and won two pennants. You can be confident that Tribe fans will clamor for Alomar's permanent instatement, even if the team goes 0-6 in the coming week.
Interestingly, this weekend's Indians-Royals series has serious playoff implications even though neither team can make the playoffs.
Popularly known as "Sandy" but actually named "Santos", Alomar was the 1990 AL Rookie of the Year, and made the All-Star roster six times as an Indian. I'm not sure he has ever paid for a meal in Cleveland. Alomar was hired as the Indians first base coach in 2009, and has been recently serving as bench coach.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer notes that Terry Francona is also a likely candidate for the Indians. But history tells us that the trendy free agent in any given given off-season typically does not choose Cleveland.
If the Indians organization had a notion to fire Acta and try Sandy Alomar, the time to do it would have been weeks ago. Six games is not much to see what Sandy Alomar, Jr. is made of as a manager. The Indians play the Royals three times this weekend, then close out Monday through Wednesday with three games against the White Sox.
Manny Acta went 214-266 in three seasons coaching Cleveland, for what it's worth.