The Cleveland Indians have fired manager Manny Acta with half a dozen games left in the 2012 season. Bench coach Sandy Alomar, Jr. has been named the interim manager.
Acta had been the helm of the Tribe since 2010. He previously managed the Washington Nationals between 2007 and 2009.
The Indians showed promise in 2011 before fading in the second half. They had a strong start this season as well. As recently as July 21st, the Indians were 47-47. Although they were a .500 team, the Tribe was only 3½ games back of the Chicago White Sox for first place in the AL Central. Instead, they have lost 44 of their last 62 games including an atrocious 5-24 in August. At 65-91, they are tied for last place in the AL Central with the Minnesota Twins.
Given Alomar’s long standing connection to the Tribe I wouldn’t be surprised if they offered him the managerial reins on a permanent basis.