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Ben and Sam discuss whether Manny Acta's lousy career win-loss record has any bearing on his likelihood of success if he becomes the Blue Jays' manager.

Ben and Sam discuss whether Manny Acta's lousy career win-loss record has any bearing on his likelihood of success if he becomes the Blue Jays' manager.

Episode 85: "Manny Acta and the Blue Jays' Managerial Job"

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Terry Francona and the Cleveland Indians

Through painstaking research, I have determined that most managers get fired for one or more of the following reasons:

1. Losing

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Manny Acta has never done anything but lose. Is this the sort of thing that should get a manager fired?

Let’s compare a few quotes. Each one is something a general manager said during a press conference to introduce a new manager. I’m not going to tell you who said what until after you’ve read them, and I’ve removed any names to preserve the suspense.

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Now that the regular season has wrapped up, here's a look at who BP staffers think should win the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff choices for the major player awards  (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results.

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that has been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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August 10, 2011 9:00 am

On the Beat: Taking Central Stage

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John Perrotto

The Tigers and Indians go to extras in the first game of a pivotal dog-day series.

Jim Leyland and Manny Acta spent late Tuesday afternoon downplaying the significance of what was going to be both of their teams' biggest game of the season to this point.

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Just when he was out, losing pulled him back in again.

NEW YORK—Manny Acta is a believer. When it comes to the value of advanced metrics—or the insights that can be gained through the use of sabermetric principles—the manager of the Indians needs no convincing. Take, for instance, his stance on bunting: “Outs are precious. There's 27 of them. You've got to take care of them.”
 

Or on stealing bases: “You can't be running just because 40,000 people will think you're being aggressive and you're getting thrown out left and right.”
 



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September 21, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Frank Herrmann

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David Laurila

The Indians' rookie reliever discusses the media, Harvard, and staying true to yourself.

When the Indians signed Frank Herrmann as a non-drafted free agent in 2005, they may or may not have been smart enough to know that the Ivy League product would one day be throwing valuable innings out of their bullpen. The 26-year-old right-hander made his big-league debut in early June and since that time has gone 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 42 innings over 37 appearances. Prior to his call-up, he posted a microscopic 0.31 ERA in 19 games for Triple-A Columbus.

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May 13, 2010 8:33 am

Prospectus Q&A: Mark Shapiro

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David Laurila

The Indians executive vice president and general manager explains the rationale behind hiring manager Manny Acta.

When Mark Shapiro hired Manny Acta to be the manager of the Cleveland Indians last winter, he brought on board someone who speaks the same language. Shapiro sees many attributes in the Dominican-born skipper, and an important one is their shared understanding, and appreciation, for the objective side of the game. Shapiro, the club’s executive vice president and general manager, looked back at Acta’s hiring prior to a recent game at Progressive Field.


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Marte is a former top prospect trying to hang on; Brantley has a much brighter future.

Andy Marte is a forgotten man at 26. Just a few years ago, Marte was a darling of the prospect hounds, including Baseball Prospectus. He was compared favorably to players like Adrian Beltre (at his best) and Miguel Cabrera. He posted mouth-watering power numbers at precocious ages in his respective leagues. He even displayed improving strike-zone command, with gradually rising walk rates and gradually decreasing strikeout totals. There was nothing not to like.

In 2005, BP declared Marte the top prospect in the game, after ranking him third in 2004. The praise wasn't the lone voice in the prospect-rating wilderness. Baseball America rated him as the Braves' top prospect in 2004 and as Boston's great minor-league hope in 2006. (The rankings were put together before Marte was flipped to Cleveland.) He was BA's ninth-ranked overall prospect in 2005. Even after Marte was traded twice in a 45-day span in late 2005 and early 2006, he seemed like as sure of a bet to become a big-league fixture as a young player possibly can be.

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February 3, 2010 11:52 am

On the Beat: Indian Spring

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John Perrotto

Manny Acta looks to get the Indians off to a better start, Ruben Amaro Jr. explains why he couldn't keep two aces, and other news and notes.

When Manny Acta holds his first team meeting as manager of the Indians later this month at the beginning of spring training in Goodyear, Arizona, he will be armed with some numbers. Anyone who knows Acta isn't surprised by that. He is a firm believer in the value of statistical analysis and has based part of his approach to managing from things he read in Mind Game, a book published by Baseball Prospectus, that explained how the Red Sox used brainpower to build their World Series-winning team in 2004.

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Interim no more, the Nats' skipper discusses the role of defense in pitching, Stephen Strasburg, and which losses eat at him the most.

When the word "interim" was removed from his title in November, many were surprised that the Nationals had kept Jim Riggleman on board as their manager. Promoted from his bench coach position when Manny Acta was fired in July, Riggleman is more old-school than his predecessor, and some felt that the franchise was in need of younger, more progressive leadership in its quest to become competitive in the NL East. It is not, however, fair to label the 57-year-old former skipper of the Padres, Cubs, and Mariners a dinosaur. Riggleman wasn't weaned on sabermetrics, but he does understand the importance of balancing statistical analysis with old-school sensibilities. Riggleman talked about his approach to the game, and the role he'll play in the Stephen Strasburg era in the nation's capital, during the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis.

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July 13, 2009 2:52 pm

Prospectus Today: All-Star Grab Bag

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Joe Sheehan

The relative importance of the Futures Game and the Home Run Derby, plus other notes.

It's 80 degrees and sunny, and I'm staring at my glove, planning to play a little catch later today. Do you really think I can focus?

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