Manny Acta out as Indians manager

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In August, Indians GM Chris Antonetti said that Manny Acta would be back as manager for 2013.  August was a loooong time ago, apparently, because the team just announced that he will not be back for 2013.  Sandy Alomar Jr. will replace Acta for the final few games of the season.

The Indians totally cratered in the second half. They went 5-24 in August and are 10-14 in September.  Maybe no manager could have saved this team, but when you skid out of control like that, someone is likely to be held accountable.

As for the future: Alomar was a popular candidate when Acta was hired, has been mentioned as a managerial candidate elsewhere and is much-loved in Cleveland.  This may be a short audition in the run up to being made the permanent skipper.

Report: MLB likely to unilaterally implement pace of play changes

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.

Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”

The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.

It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.