Indians to name Acta as next manager

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Jon Heyman of reports the Indians will name Manny Acta as their next manager.

According to the
Associated Press, team spokesman Bart Swain said Acta has signed a three-year contract with a club option for 2013. Additional terms were not disclosed.

Acta was fired by the Nationals in July after going 26-61. He was 158-252 during his tenure in Washington. Acta reportedly turned down an offer for the Astros’ managerial vacancy. The Indians chose Acta over Bobby Valentine and Indians Triple-A manager Torey Lovullo, who were also under consideration the position. He inherits a team that went a disappointing 65-97 under Eric Wedge in 2009.

Hopefully Acta will eventually get a fair shake to manage a quality ballclub in Cleveland, as it was hard to get a feel of his skills with such an awful team in Washington. As for Astros fans, it’s beginning to like Phil Garner could be back.

Joe Girardi is not a fan of Game 162 scheduling

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The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.

Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:

It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.

Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”

He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”

Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”

One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.

Video: Ichiro Suzuki pitches an inning for the Marlins

Ichiro Suzuki
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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.

Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.

Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.