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BLOG: My plan to save the Cleveland Indians

Tom Jackson • Aug 23, 2012 at 1:53 PM

The Cleveland Indians are in trouble. They are losing over and over again, and dispirited fans are largely staying away.

But if the Dolans or Mark Shapiro will only listen to me, I have figured out a way to save the team.

The key to reviving the Indians lies in the simple fact that Manny Acta is a good first half manager and Eric Wedge is a good second half manager.

As with last year's version of the Indians, Acta's team got off to a hot start in the first half of the season but since the All-Star break has been plunging to the ground like a wounded airplane, trailing black smoke.

Meanwhile, Wedge's Seattle Mariners spent the first half of the season digging itself into a deep hole, as Wedge's teams always do, but are suddenly hotter than Georgia asphalt in July. As of Wednesday, the Mariners had won eight straight games, while the Indians had lost eight in a row, including three to Seattle.

Wedge's Mariners finished in last place last year and he's managed the team into last place this year, too, so he should be available soon. Acta is supposed to return to the Indans next year.

Here's my big idea: The Indians hire Acta and Wedge as co-managers for 2013.

For the first half of the year, Acta is the manager. Wedge is the bench coach, or first base coach, or Chris Perez' personal charm trainer, or wherever he can fill a need. Acta performs his usual first half magic of making a bunch of AAA players perform like the New York Yankees, and the Indians are in first place as the All-Star game is played at the New York Mets' stadium.

After the final out of the All-Star game, as beer-sodden fans in sports bars all over northern Ohio are celebrating Carlos Santana's walkoff grand slam, Kate Wedge kisses her husband and as usual he turns from a frog into a baseball prince.

In the second half, the part of the season, when Wedge suddenly becomes a baseball genius and Acta runs out of gas, the two reverse roles. Wedge takes over as manager and Acta becomes a coach.

I haven't figured out who should manage the team during the playoffs, but wouldn't that be a nice problem to worry about? It would give the fans something to argue about as they flock to Progressive Field to see the resurgent Tribe.

When "platoon managing" becomes the hot new trend in baseball, and when Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford fight to portray Larry Dolan in "PlatoonBall," 2015's hottest movie, my system will be vindicated.

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