Acta out, Alomar in as Interim Tribe Manager

The Cleveland Indians have announced that coach Sandy Alomar Jr. will replace Manny Acta as manager for the rest of the season.

A news conference has been announced for 4:15 p.m. today.

Alomar, who had a 10-year playing career with the Indians and was named to the team’s hall of fame in 2009, has served as a coach for the team since 2010. The team said the coaching staff will remain intact for the last six games of the season, and Alomar will be considered for manager.

“The Cleveland Indians would like to thank Manny Acta for everything he has done for the organization in his three seasons as our Manager,” said Cleveland Indians Executive Vice President and General Manager Chris Antonetti in a statement. “Manny’s passion for the game, positive attitude and tremendous knowledge of baseball helped guide us to a number of high points during his tenure. Managerial changes are never easy or taken lightly, but as we approached the end of the season and turned our attention to assessing the year, we determined a change was necessary.”

“I have great respect for Manny and appreciate the effort he exhibited not only leading our team, but also the contributions he made in our community over the past three years,” said Cleveland Indians Chairman/CEO Paul Dolan.  “I fully support Chris’ decision to make this change and am confident that he will lead a tireless search to find the right individual to lead the club to our ultimate goal of winning the World Series.”

Acta, who had formerly managed the Washington Nationals, was named the 40th manager in Indians history in 2009. He went 214-266 in three seasons, two of which saw the Indians in first place for an extended period of time, only for them to collapse down the stretch.

This is Alomar’s first managerial job, but he had been linked to several vacant positions in the past two years.

The Indians are off today, but will start their final homestand tomorrow, as the Kansas City Royals come to town.

(Photo: MLB.com)

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