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Re: Acta

Posted: 10/10/2013 9:14 PM

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Just for kicks I visited the Indians board to ask Tribe fans about Acta. No surprise--the reviews were anywhere from "meh" to downright bad. Granted, the Indians tanked pretty hard in 2012 and that's tough to pin soley on a manager, but the prevailing attitude among fans is that Acta's saber-skills are overblown and his people-skills leave a lot to be desired. But don't take my word for it...here's what Indians Nation has to say:

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s...&t=12115347
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Posted: 10/10/2013 9:35 PM

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Not surprising, after the collapse in 2012 and having just experienced what a winning manager (Francona) can do.  About Acta's people skills, I did hear that he wasn't well liked by his players.  I take that with a grain of salt though.  Losing creates that kind of environment.  The problem for me is that his situation is much like Sveum's.  He could be a good manager with a better team but we don't know that.  I tend to like the ones that have bad teams overachieving a bit and there are managers that do.
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Posted: 10/10/2013 9:40 PM

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6 season as a manager, not a single one with a winning record.  I could be wrong, but Acta strikes me as a guy who is smart and probably interviews very well, but struggles to connect with players and eventually his act gets tiresome.
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Posted: 10/11/2013 9:03 AM

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I'd say his losing has much more to do with the teams he managed than any skills he has in connecting with his players. IIRC the guy who was rumored to not get along with Acta was Chris Perez who's had issues his entire career.

The biggest difference between this year's Indians and last year's Indians is the success of the starting pitching. Last season they didn't have a single starting pitcher with an ERA under 4. Kluber, Salazar, and Kazmir were good additions and Jimenez and Masterson had bounce-back years. Maybe that has something to do with Francona's management, but it seems somewhat dubious.

Based on interviews I've heard, he does seem to be emphasize discipline. Not sure how well that works on a bad team.
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Posted: 10/14/2013 9:04 PM

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tautology wrote: The biggest difference between this year's Indians and last year's Indians is the success of the starting pitching. Last season they didn't have a single starting pitcher with an ERA under 4. Kluber, Salazar, and Kazmir were good additions and Jimenez and Masterson had bounce-back years. Maybe that has something to do with Francona's management, but it seems somewhat dubious.
It also doesn't hurt that the Indians had an incredibly good record in one-run games this year; similar to last year's Orioles. That's not to say they won't be competitive again next year but it wouldn't be a huge surprise if they fell off a drop assuming that record evens out.
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Posted: 10/14/2013 9:32 PM

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doughboy981 wrote: 6 season as a manager, not a single one with a winning record.  I could be wrong, but Acta strikes me as a guy who is smart and probably interviews very well, but struggles to connect with players and eventually his act gets tiresome.
Yeah...the gist of what I've heard/read is that he comes off as kind of aloof or at least not very personable, and that might not be the type of guy to lead a young team through it's developmental phase.
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Posted: 10/18/2013 6:42 AM

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Perhaps, but as soon as he left the Nationals and then the Indians, both teams quickly were winners (with huge contributions from their youngest players). You can rightly give props to Davey Johnson (Nationals) and Terry Francona (Cleveland), but I don't think either of those guys would hesitate for a second to give Acta his props for leaving them with teams on the cusp. I don't know if Acta is the BEST choice for the Cubs, but he is the safest one... and for a team's development phase, Acta's record is better than just his wins-losses: his contributions are better reflected by where his teams went (and how quickly) after his involvement with the organizations than whether or not he took young, thin teams over the .500 mark. Managers, like players, do have a learning curve and Acta could well be better for us than he was in either Washington or Cleveland.

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”  ~Albert Einstein

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