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Indians fire manager Manny Acta

09/27/2012 3:31 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The Cleveland Indians have fired manager Manny Acta, and have named bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. as the interim manager who will guide the team over the season’s final week.

Acta was hired as the Indians’ manager prior to the 2010 season, and leaves Cleveland with a 214-266 record in his three seasons there and a 372-518 overall record in five-plus seasons as the manager of the Indians and Washington Nationals (2007-09).

After an 80-82 finish in 2011, Cleveland spent 48 days in April and May in first place in the AL Central. But since a July 27 loss to Minnesota left them 50-50 after 100 games, the Indians have gone 11-45 over the last two months and now find themselves tied with Kansas City for last place in the division.

He will be replaced by Alomar Jr., who played for the Indians from 1990-2000 and has spent the last three years on Acta’s staff, starting as first base coach before being promoted to bench coach for 2012. According to reports, Cleveland’s search for a new manager will begin immediately, and Alomar Jr. is a candidate for the vacancy.

"Manny's passion for the game, positive attitude and tremendous knowledge of baseball helped guide us to a number of high points during his tenure," Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said in a statement. "Managerial changes are never easy or taken lightly, but as we approached the end of the season and turned our attention to assessing the year, we determined a change was necessary."

Earlier this month, owner Paul Dolan said he was not considering a managerial change, but after firing Acta, Dolan indicated the decision was made by his second-year GM.

"I have great respect for Manny and appreciate the effort he exhibited not only leading our team, but also the contributions he made in our community over the past three years," Dolan said in a statement. "I fully support Chris' decision to make this change and am confident that he will lead a tireless search to find the right individual to lead the club to our ultimate goal of winning the World Series."

The remainder of Acta’s coaching staff will remain intact for the final six games. The Indians close out the season at home, with a pair of three game-sets against the Royals and White Sox.

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