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Chris Perez talks manager change (O's mentioned)


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http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8454586/cleveland-indians-chris-perez-wants-more-passionate-manager

"CLEVELAND -- Outspoken closer Chris Perez thinks the Indians need a more intense manager and better players.

Perez said Tuesday that Cleveland's second-half collapse was embarrassing and the laid-back approach of former manager Manny Acta didn't help.

"August wasn't baseball, it was pathetic -- in all aspects," Perez said about Cleveland's 5-24 slide that came after losing nine of its last 12 games in July.

Acta was fired Thursday and replaced by bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. on an interim basis.

"I'm not saying that a change earlier would have done anything," Perez said. "But sometimes we pressed the panic button. Why? A lot of things left you kind of scratching your head."

Alomar doesn't mind Perez being outspoken and said the right-hander's occasional outbursts are not detrimental if you understand his mindset. Alomar pointed out that Cleveland had controversial players while winning five consecutive AL Central championships in the 1990s." (continued)

If you read the article, Perez specifically brings up Buck and what he's done for the O's as well as Dylan Bundy. Can't remember the last time I read an article with a player saying their team needed to be more like the O's. On a related note, the fact that Sandy Alomar is now the Indians manager makes me feel a little old.

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Can't remember the last time I read an article with a player saying their team needed to be more like the O's.

When you have Acta as your manager, the bar's not set too high. Hard to believe I've seen some folks on SOSH calling for Manny to replace Valentine; ugh!

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When you have Acta as your manager, the bar's not set too high. Hard to believe I've seen some folks on SOSH calling for Manny to replace Valentine; ugh!

Fair point but it's cool to see someone pointing to the O's and saying "We should be like that."

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