The Cleveland Indians have been one of the very worst teams in baseball since the All-Star break, struggling to a 15-and-41 record while scoring barely three runs a game over that stretch. As a result, some have wondered if manager Manny Acta's job is in question, but GM Chris Antonetti says that he'll address that when the season is completed.
"I don't feel any differently that when we talked earlier," Antonetti said. "I think I'll save any sort of assessments until the end of the season. I think that's probably the best thing to do. Obviously, we're all evaluated at the end of the year, myself included."
Despite an apparent vote of confidence from the team's ownership back in August, Heyman's source is indicating a significant amount of displeasure from both Larry and Paul Dolan over the team's lackluster play:
Even a couple weeks ago, just after that vote of confidence, which also covered GM Chris Antonetti and club president Mark Shapiro, a source said Indians ownership was "unhappy" with the Indians' second-half slide. Now, with the team 4-12 since the younger Dolan's vote of confidence, Acta's job security seems even less certain.
Only 21 games remain on the Indians' schedule, and the team currently sits in a tie with Minnesota for dead last in the American League Central. Considering how Acta's squad was a mere 1.5 games out of first place as recently as Jul. 1, it's awfully hard to say he belongs anywhere but the hot seat at the moment. Barring a miracle finish, the 43-year-old manager may just be in his final season with the Indians.