GM: Indians ‘Must Figure Out Ways to Be Better’
CLEVELAND — A lot of self-examination going on at the corner of Carnegie and Ontario in downtown Cleveland.
On the surface, the Indians are in the process of determining who will be the next manager.
Sandy Alomar, Jr. interviewed on Thursday, and Terry Francona talks to the team brass on Friday.
General Manager Chris Antonetti said, “They are people of great character, they are people of great leadership abilities and they are great communicators.”
Perhaps more names will surface, perhaps not.
The sense Fox 8 News got Thursday is that he would like to get the situation resolved soon, but still has the option to take more time to make the right move.
That’s the dig. The decision-makers have made some bad moves in the past year, and they seemed to combust when good baseball was needed the most.
The Indians lost 94 games and the team is busy looking at how it does business.
“We need to figure out ways to be better,” said the young general manager.
Antonetti took a lot of blame last week just after he fired Manny Acta.
So, going forward he knows, not only he, but the entire organization needs to get much better in many areas.
He used phrases about shaping the roster better, like it’s a 165-yard approach shot over a sand trap.
He said the good thing is that many of the boo boos did not impact the team for this season.
He likes the nucleus up the middle. Santana, Kipnis, and Cabrera, and Michael Brantley in center field.
He concedes the front of the rotation needs much better performance.
As for the man who ran his mouth this season, and ripped the manager and things about the city and fans, Antonetti said he talked to closer Chris Perez for an hour and stressed the need to keep away from talk that can be divisive to the team.
Tribe fans need to have confidence in the Indians’ front office.
That can begin if they hire the right man as their next manager.