The Associated Press reports the Cleveland Indians have officially named Manny Acta their manager for the 2010 season through 2012 with option for 2013.
Looks like Bobby Valentine is still out there for grabs. ESPN feels he damaged his chances when he went to the second interview saying “he not done his homework on Cleveland or the American League and wasn’t sure he wanted the job”.
I guess his 158-252 record with the Washington Nationals means nothing to the Indians.
Here’s what Acta had to say:
I am very excited to become part of the Cleveland Indians family.
I look forward to working with this talented group of young men who seem to possess a lot of energy and passion for their work. I believe we will grow together as a team, with the ultimate goal of bringing a championship to Cleveland and its fans.
The Indians felt they chose the best man for the job in saying:
We are very excited to have Manny Acta on board as our major league manager.
After speaking with an impressive array of candidates, we feel that Manny is a very strong and experienced leader who possesses great energy and enthusiasm along with tremendous communication skills and a positive mindset that will command a presence in the dugout, clubhouse and with our fans.
It did not work out so well in Washington. Hopefully it will work out better in Cleveland. They have a better fan base. Their fans will actually show up to the games. Acta will get their support.