Acta Fired

We knew this was going to happen, we just thought it was going to happen sooner:

In the middle of his third season as manager, Manny Acta has been fired by the Washington Nationals, a source with knowledge of the situation said tonight. Asked in an e-mail about his job status, Acta replied, simply, “Thanks for everything.” Acta’s Nationals made it to the all-star break with a 26-61 record, worst in the majors, finishing with six losses in their last seven games. During the first half, Acta’s job status was the subject of much debate, and those in and out of the organization questioned whether his unfailingly patient approach matched the needs of a sloppy, error-prone team.

Overall, this is just the latest of several de-Bowdenification moves GM Mike Rizzo has made with this team. It’s a good move. Acta, for all of his potential, has not seemed at all inspired in the past few months and some fresh air is needed. And now is as good a time as any to do it, mostly because his replacement — who, if previous speculation is accurate, could be bench coach Jim Riggleman, on an interim basis — will have a day or two to get his head about him before taking over.


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MooseinOhio
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This may be a odd sort of blessing for Acta as he gets out of a bad organization and will head to the bench of a team of choice for several more years before he gets a second chance to manage again.  As Wooden references, Francona and Torre were at best average managers until they managed teams that needed their temperament and style and now are considered top managers.  Just as Buck Showalter is a real good managerial choice if you have a young team that you want to develop discipline and good fundamental but maybe not so great with… Read more »
JE
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JE

Manny will be in a Mets uni next year, meaning that the Razor Shines era in Flushing will soon be over!

Wooden U. Lykteneau
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File this under the Betancourt and Failcouer trades – a move for the sake of making a move. Maybe Acta’s temperament will play better when he has more talent to win with (see Francona, Terry; Torre, Joe) but the manager was the least of this team’s problems (see defense, poor; bullpen, shitty).

Stay tuned for some lame column from Chris Needham.

Brandon Isleib
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Because Jim Riggleman’s a much better manager???  The guy’s career WPCT is .445 (basically his teams average 72-90 every year).

Manager moves are fine when you upgrade.  When it’s debatable, why bother?

Wooden U. Lykteneau
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Wooden U. Lykteneau

You forgot the Lerners are cheap. Does your clipboard have a character limit?

David
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David
Brandon I: People who observe the Nats regularly (and I’m assuming that you don’t) will virtually all attest to the fact that the team has devolved into such a state that it’s very literally an affront to the integrity of the game.  They have played so horrifically in every facet of the game, that for the organization to stand idly by while the man responsible for the niceties of their play was tacitly commended would be to have their silence send a horrible message.  The team has done everything – everything – at a level that is wholly unacceptable for… Read more »
Wooden U. Lykteneau
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Wooden U. Lykteneau

David – Obviously, you’ve not noticed the Royals or the Pirates. Unlike the Nationals, neither can point a period where MLB treated them like the Pennsylvania Road Warriors (if you truly follow baseball, you’ll not need clarifcation on that reference) and traded away talent like a child grasping at the $1 bin on the way into Target.

David
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David
Wooden: In terms of overall talent, I think I’d agree that K.C. and Pittsburgh are actually even worse off than is Washington (although I haven’t looked at the stats nor at their farm systems).  And yet we see that Washington has the worst record of them all, by far.  This, of course, is my point: Washington’s level of play has been completely inexcusable.  Consider this accurate account of just one game (which is hardly an isolated incident; Bad News Bears-style hardball is a trend for this team): http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2009/07/how_the_nats_lost_last_night.html?wprss=dcsportsbog The fact that the Nats play the game as if they’re shooting… Read more »
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