It is very apparent that Manny Acta doesn’t like Shelley Duncan. He should think back to last September and spring training. The guy needs a CHANCE.
Play him every day against righties and lefties for six weeks. The upside for RBI and home runs is there. Can you really say that Casey Kotchman, Johnny Damon, Jose Lopez and Lou Marson are better players?
If Duncan performs, great; if not, trade him. The Indians are not being fair to him.
Acta can’t afford to conduct a six-week tryout of Shelley Duncan while the team is contending for the playoffs.
It has nothing to do with whether Acta “likes” Duncan. For the record, he does, but Duncan hasn’t produced the same way he did late last season when he was playing almost every day. The fact is that Chris Antonetti signed Johnny Damon, and Damon is going to get his shot, probably until Grady Sizemore returns, if he does.
I still attend three to six games a year, but between the rotten bad luck (injuries) and the constant rebuilding plan the Dolans and Mark Shapiro have taken on, I just refuse to spend my hard-earned money going to games before June.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy the days of the Indians being out of the pennant race by Memorial Day are gone. I am still not happy with the overall management (or luck) of this team.
Fair enough. Even the Indians wouldn’t complain about your attitude.
As a former Clevelander at 78 years old, I still follow the Indians and Browns. I read articles from Cleveland and Akron sources such as yours.
I have been wondering for years if you were related to my former football and baseball coach at old Cleveland East High of the early 1950s?
Mr. Earl Ocker was a great coach and a great teacher. He took us to many state finals in baseball. Unfortunately, I believe he died of a heart attack in the early ’60s.
Coach Ocker had the good fortune not to be related to me. Then again, my cousins say they’ve never heard of me, but that’s probably their way of keeping me from borrowing more money.