One month, one miserable month wiped out almost everything Manny Acta did for three years.
“That month just crushed our hopes,” Acta said.
And cost him his second job as a major league manager.
Acta was fired Thursday by the Cleveland Indians, who collapsed from contention with a 5-24 record in August, the worst month in the franchise’s 112-year history. Acta, hired in 2009 after two tough seasons in Washington, paid the steepest price for the Indians’ stunning slide that dropped them to last place in the A.L. Central.
Bench coach Sandy Alomar, a six-time All-Star catcher for the Indians and fan favorite, will replace Acta on an interim basis for the last six games of 2012. General manager Chris Antonetti called Alomar a “primary candidate” to possibly replace Acta.
Greenberg gets second chance
Adam Greenberg has faced one pitch in the major leagues, a 92 mph fastball that struck him in the head and changed his life. More than seven years later, the Marlins are giving him a second chance.
Miami signed Greenberg to a one-day contract, effective Tuesday, and will play him that day against the New York Mets. Greenberg made his big league debut for the Chicago Cubs on July 9, 2005, against the Marlins.
The first pitch he faced sailed up and in, striking Greenberg in the back of the helmet. The force was such that the helmet flew off and the ball ricocheted up the third-base line.
Clearing the bases
Bo Porter was hired as the Astros’ manager. Porter, who was the Nationals’ third base coach this season, replaces Brad Mills, who was fired last month. Porter will remain with the postseason-bound Nationals for the remainder of their season. … The Giants have informed Melky Cabrera’s agent they won’t bring the suspended outfielder back at any point this postseason. … Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer will miss his start today because of a lingering problem with his throwing shoulder, leaving Detroit without one of its top pitchers in the middle of a close division race. Rookie Drew Smyly will start in Scherzer’s place at Minnesota. … Giants right-hander Brian Wilson is scheduled to throw Oct. 19 for the first time since Tommy John surgery, and the always-confident closer insists he will be full strength by spring training.