Acta to interview for Tribe's managerial post Tuesday
Manny Acta, you’re up.
The Indians will hold their first formal interview for their managerial vacancy on Tuesday afternoon at Progressive Field, and Acta, the former Nationals skipper, will be the one under the microscope. He’ll meet with the Indians at 1 p.m. ET and the local media at 3 p.m.
The Plain Dealer reported that Bobby Valentine and Travis Fryman are two other finalists for the job, but, as of this writing, the Indians have not yet confirmed that. Mark Shapiro had said there would be “three to five” finalists invited to Cleveland for a sitdown.
Two things about Acta that might appeal to the Indians: he’s a statistically minded manager who does not shy away from discussing and applying sabermetrics, and he’s a bilingual Dominican native who can develop a good relationship with Latin players.
Valentine, with 15 years of big-league managing experience and seven years of experience in Japan, is the most experienced of the bunch, and he’d also be the most costly. He made about $4 million last year with the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan.
Fryman has managed the last two seasons at short-season Mahoning Valley. His potential inclusion at this stage is a surprise, given that the Indians aren’t (or weren’t) expected to promote from within.
Stay tuned to Indians.com for more on Acta on Tuesday. I’m on the West Coast, covering the ALCS for MLB.com, so, unfortunately, I won’t be in Cleveland for the press conference. But we’ll have it covered, all the same.