It's unfashionable to find anything positive about the Indians' season, but the turnaround of Carlos Santana in the second half merits some praise.

How bad was Santana's first half? On July 3, he was batting .218 with five home runs and 29 RBI. He hit two homers in May, none in June and endured a stretch of 40 games (through July 17) without hitting a ball out of the park.

Ousted manager Manny Acta and the coaches tried to convince Santana to make an adjustment in his approach, from noisy to quiet hitter. That is, Santana would raise one leg before he was ready to swing then do a little toe tap with his front foot.