Manny Acta spent a majority of the second half of the baseball season paying close attention to the television, watching and then re-watching games by teams he had a hunch would soon be looking for a new manager.
To say that Acta saw his share of Indians losses is an understatement.
Armed with a wealth of knowledge about the team, Acta impressed Tribe front office personnel during the first round of telephone interviews then again last week in an all-day in-person interview that ended with a sit-down with local media.
While the hiring of Acta was confirmed late Sunday afternoon, the Indians will make it official at a press conference Monday at 4 p.m. at Progressive Field.
Acta, the 40th manager in Tribe history, is signed thru 2012 with a club option for 2013.