CHICAGO -- The Indians finished the 2010 season with 10 rookies on their roster and they had one of the youngest teams in the big leagues throughout the year. With so much inexperience, little was expected of the Tribe this season in terms of victories -- and, in the end, little was delivered. But after gathering his players together for one last meeting before the season's final game against the White Sox, manager Manny Acta stressed that his expectations for this team will rise in 2011.
"Next year," said Acta, finishing up his first year at the helm, "youth is not going to be an excuse to lose. Most of these guys are still going to be young, but most of them will have at least one year of Major League experience. We can't use [youth] as a crutch. We've got to continue to get better." Acta said he appreciated the effort his players put in to improve all year. "I told them we did take some steps this year, especially in the starting rotation and the bullpen," Acta said. "I also thanked them for the way they represented us off the field."