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It seemed inevitable that somebody would be held accountable for the Indians’ collapse in a season built on promise.
How much longer does the genius Clint Hurdle have?
Why do this now? You can't wait a week?
Pirate president Coonelly has said Hurdle, plus the GM, Farm Director, and Scouting Director, will return in 2013.
How the heck has it taken this long for Sandy Alomar to get even an interim managing job? I mean, if you were to tell me that I had to pick a former player without managerial experience to manage, I'd probably pick Sandy Alomar.
HOW LONG DOES RYNE SANDBERG HAVE TO WAIT?!?!?
Plus I think there are advantages to letting it be clear before the end of the season that there is an opening. You get the earliest attention from prospective candidates.
He strikes me as someone who'd be an excellent Strat-o-Matic manager. He's extremely stingy with IBBs and Sac Bunts, he uses his bullpen in some non-traditional ways, and he really sounds like he has an excellent grasp of baseball tactics when he talks to the media. It's all the other, more important aspects of a manager's job where he seems to be failing.
It's possible that Manny Acta has been jerked around by ownership. But I think that's too generous to a man with a six-year career composed of a succession of major failures.
Under Acta, the Nationals went from a 70-75 win team to a 60-win team. Under Acta in 2010, the Nationals were 26-61 (.298), and when he was replaced by Jim Riggleman they rebounded to 33-41 (.440). Under Riggleman, the Nats became the 70-75 win team they'd been before Acta arrived.
His record with the Indians is just as bad. He took a young and improving team and brought them nowhere. He had one pretty good season in 2011, but the 2011 Indians collapsed after a hot start and the 2012 Indians returned to the same crap level of play that most Acta teams produce
I do not get the Leyland hatred coming out of Detroit.
He makes some puzzling moves and has unexplainable favorites (hey, Ryan Raburn!), but most managers do. I don't really get it, either.
His record with the Indians is just as bad. He took a young and improving team and brought them nowhere. He had one pretty good season in 2011, but the 2011 Indians collapsed after a hot start and the 2012 Indians returned to the same crap level of play that most Acta teams produce.
Pretty much concur with 39. I don't remember who it was, but earlier in the season someone on here actually told me that the Indians were contenders to win the division. Yeah, I just about fell out of my chair when I read that one.
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