The Cleveland Indians have picked up manager Manny Acta's contract option for 2013.
Acta kept the Indians in contention for much of this season before injuries overwhelmed the young club, which finished second in the AL Central. Cleveland went 80-82, an 11-game improvement over last season.
Acta was signed through 2012, and the Indians rewarded him by exercising the option for 2013. He's 149-175 in two seasons withCleveland.
Acta's staff already has undergone radical change for next season. On Wednesday, bench coach Tim Tolman disclosed he hasParkinson's disease and will not be back, and pitching coach Tim Belcher stepped down to spend more time with his family.
The Indians had 36 come-from-behind victories in 2011 and seven walk-off home runs, the most since 1995.
At a season ending news conference on Thursday at Progressive Field, Acta told the media 'this is the place that I want to be'.
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