Indians Closer Chris Perez Criticizes Former Manager

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CLEVELAND — Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez has been outspoken a lot this season.  Much of what he has said has been controversial. Very little said comes across as “middle of the road” comments. You either love him or hate him.

On Tuesday afternoon before the Indians second last game of the season, Perez took some shots at departing manager Manny Acta.

Perez told reporters, “A lot of frustration from the comments, a lot of that walked out the door last week”. Perez said that last year Manny made a speech at the beginning of the year and at the end, and never heard from him in between. One quote attributed to Perez from 923TheFan’s Matt Loede dealt with Acta’s laid back style of managing working for part of the year. “A broken clock is right twice a day”, said Perez. 

He also said the Manny Acta the media saw was not the same guy the players saw. He wanted Acta to be more confrontational and to kick the players in the butt sometimes.

The All Star closer, who has two years left on his contract, said he is not demanding a trade and said he had a meeting with Chris Antonetti that gave him the impression that he will be back.

Meanwhile, the Indians and the White Sox have two games left to play and their seasons will be over. The Indians finish up much further south in the standings than they expected and the White Sox saw their division title hopes fade for good on Monday night when the Tigers won the American League Central