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Manny Acta fired by Indians, Sandy Alomar named interim manager

The Cleveland Indians fired manager Manny Acta on Thursday. Sandy Alomar will serve as interim manager for the rest of the season, and will reportedly be a candidate for the full-time job.

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Chris Perez crushes the departed Manny Acta

Indians closer Chris Perez, who's napalmed everyone involved with the Indians this season, had plenty to say about the recently fired Manny Acta.

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Francona candidate for Indians managerial job

Terry Francona is expected to interview for the Indians managerial position sometime this week.

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Did Manny Acta lose the clubhouse?

The Cleveland Indians fired manager Manny Acta on Thursday and elevated Sandy Alomar to serve as the interim manager for the remainder of the season, and those moves didn't come as a surprise to fans of the team. Acta left the Indians battling with the Minnesota Twins to avoid a last-place finish in the American League, so something clearly went wrong.

The organization's top brass recently endorsed general manager Chris Antonetti as the right man to stay with the team, so everyone was left to think about Acta's departure. Over at SB Nation's Indians blog, the discussion turned to questions about whether Acta had lost the clubhouse:

"It's hard to know how well a manager does in getting the most out of his players until you've gathered a lot of anecdotal evidence; for example, if a player who's bounced around quite a bit suddenly blossoms after playing for a particular manager, you could assign the cause of that to the manager just being there at the right time, but when there's a history of many players performing at their best under a manager, then you start to take those anecdotes seriously."

There are no accusations that arise in the piece, but the question about Acta's ability to motivate and reach players on his roster is presented to help frame the decision in the most sensible light. Bad things happened during 2012 for the Indians, so someone had to go.

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Alomar tops Indians list of managerial candidates

Sandy Alomar is the Indians' top choice to replace Manny Acta, according to reports. The club is also considering Terry Francona.

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Francona reportedly talking to Indians

Arguably one of the most intriguing baseball names not currently coaching at the moment, former Red Sox manager Terry Francona is reportedly talking to the Cleveland Indians about the team's open managerial role, according to 92.3 The FAN host Adam Gerstenhaber.

The 53-year-old Francona was rumored as a possible option for the Indians less than a week ago before Manny Acta's actual dismissal and would appear to be the ideal candidate for an organization eager to make a big splash on the coaching market. Francona also played for the Indians back in 1988 and has not exactly been secretive about his desire to get back on the field as a manager.

Considering how beneficial it is that Francona is readily available right now and how eager he is to manage in 2013 according to Gerstenhaber, the Indians may very well be zeroing in on Francona before the rest of Major League Baseball starts throwing offers at him. With a .529 career winning percentage and 1,029 victories, there's no doubt that signing Francona would be a massive coup for Cleveland's organization.

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