Indians name Manny Acta their new skipper
The Indians hoped to have their new manager in place by the end of the World Series, but Manny Acta sped up their timetable.
Acta was the first candidate to come to Cleveland for a formal interview, and he left a lasting impression. He has been signed by the Tribe to a three-year contract through 2012, with a club option for 2013.
Acta beat out Bobby Valentine and Torey Lovullo for the job. The Indians were expected to interview Don Mattingly this week.
The Astros were also interested in Acta, which might have forced the Indians’ hand. Acta spent 16 years in the Astros’ system, but he opted to take on the Tribe.
Some quotes from the release:
“We are very excited to have Manny Acta as our Major League manager,” general manager Mark Shapiro said. “After speaking with an impressive array of candidates, we feel that Manny is a very strong and experienced leader who possesses great energy and enthusiasm along with tremendous communication skills and a positive mindset that will command a presence in the dugout, clubhouse and with our fans.”
Said Acta: “I am very excited to become part of the Cleveland Indians family. I look forward to working with this talented group of young men who seem to possess a lot of energy and passion for their work. I believe we will grow together as a team with the ultimate goal of bringing a championship to Cleveland and its fans.”
The Indians will hold a press conference with Acta at 4 p.m. ET Monday at Progressive Field.
UPDATES: The Astros had offered Acta a two-year contract with an option for a third year to be their manager. He opted for a longer guarantee with the Tribe.
Here’s the link to an interesting background piece from my MLB.com colleague Jesse Sanchez from a few years back.