February 22, 2012; Goodyear, AZ, USA; Cleveland Indians general manager Chris Antonetti (left) talks to advance scouting coordinator Alex Eckelman (85) during spring training at the Cleveland Indians Player Development Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE
The Indians' CEO says that major changes for the front office and managerial position aren't coming this year.
Cleveland Indians CEO Paul Dolan insisted at a recent charity event that the team isn't planning to fire any combination of president Mark Shapiro, GM Chris Antonetti and manager Manny Acta, as Dennis Manoloff of The Plain Dealer writes. The Indians are in the midst of another disappointing season since the team's last run of success a few years ago.
Here's part of what Dolan said at the event in downtown Cleveland:
We all have a lot of work to do, but their jobs aren't at stake in this. As I sit here today, I have no intent to make any changes. I have to understand what's happened. I'm not going to have that understanding today. Hopefully, sometime in this off-season, we'll be able to assess and move from there.
At the moment, the Indians are 54-70 this season, good for fourth place in the AL Central. The team has lost 21 of its past 25 games, plummeting in the standings after initially starting the season with surprising success. Shapiro has been the key decision-maker in Cleveland for a long time now, so the organization is clearly giving him the benefit of the doubt.