There's a controversy within the Cleveland Indians fanbase that has been brewing since the news of Mark Shapiro and the Toronto Blue Jays possibilities first surfaced. As Indians fans know, Manager Terry Francona has an opt out clause that if Antonetti or Shapiro were to leave, he could seek another opportunity. My belief is if Shapiro left, he's taking Francona with him to Toronto, a situation I'm sure Francona can thrive in. But the controversy is with who would replace Francona. A lot of Indians fans have been waiting for the opportunity to have fan favorite Sandy Alomar Jr finally get his shot as Manager of the Indians. I know I'm in the minority about this, but I think the time for Sandy to be named the manager of the Indians has passed. The opportunity was when Sandy took over as the interim manager and showed he could do the job.
Now I'm not going to sit here and say hiring Sandy Alomar might be a disaster, but to the fans, your premise for hiring him makes ZERO SENSE. Your argument for Sandy Alomar is as valid as Cardale Jones being the Browns savior at QB. Sandy is 3-3 as a manager and has zero experience elsewhere as a manager. When you make an argument, you must have concrete evidence to make a good argument. The Indians fans argument is, "Well he's a 90s Indians fan favorite, so he can't fail!" What happens in the scenario of one of your 90s heros fails? Right now I can make a stronger argument for Mike Sarbaugh as manager than Sandy. I think Sandy as all the qualities you want in a manager, but sadly Cleveland the opportunity to do it was 2012 and Cleveland hiring Terry Francona. The ship has passed and I urge Cleveland Indians fans to not let fan favorite feelings cloud your judgement on who might make a great manager. I know the 90s were great for the Tribe, but it doesn't mean you put them on a coaching staff, they're going to thrive. How did Eddie Murray work out as hitting coach? Trust me I want nothing but the best for my Indians, but at the end of the day, you look at the resumes and what the candidates have done, it's obvious that Mickey Callaway in my opinion is the best choice to replace Francona at this moment. I'm sorry to the Sandy Alomar fans, but the harsh reality is that you're basing your argument as a fan and not as an educated fan. This is living proof that fans should not run teams. The Indians have 3 people on the Major League staff that could manage, its Cleveland's responsibility to evaluate who is the guy. Sit on it and think about it for a while, Mickey Callaway is the way to go.