Tag:Manny Acta
Posted on: July 4, 2011 6:12 pm

Indians' Acta on Jeter: He's a 'legend'

CLEVELAND -- As a kid growing up in the Dominican Republic, Manny Acta was a Red Sox fan, not an Indians fan.

"I was Carlton Fisk over Thurman [Munson]," Acta said Monday.

But as a major-league manager, Acta is very much a Derek Jeter fan.

"Has anybody represented our game in our era better than that guy?" Acta asked Monday, as Jeter resumed his pursuit of 3,000 hits with a game against Acta's Indians. "He's one of the few legends still playing. If Major League Baseball had a school for how to act, he and Tom Glavine and a few others should be teaching the classes.

"It would be great for him to get [3,000] at home, but if he gets six hits here and we win, that's fine."

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 13, 2011 5:56 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 9:17 am

Acta: Anyone could win Central

NEW YORK -- Indians manager Manny Acta warns people not to count his team out, despite the Indians' slide over the last couple of weeks.

He also warns people not to count out the Twins.

"They won last year," Acta said Monday. "The division still has to go through Minnesota. Anyone in our division could still win it by 10 or get buried by 30."

The Indians opened play Monday tied with the Tigers atop the AL Central, with the White Sox 3 1/2 games behind. The Indians, who have lost four in a row and nine of their last 10, open a three-game series in Detroit on Tuesday.

"You're not a fluke for 2 1/2 months if you're in first place," Acta said. "We built up that lead. We'll be back again playing better. I guess that's an understatement."

The Indians should get help when Travis Hafner returns from the disabled list, probably late this week. Hafner, out since May 18 with an oblique injury, is set to begin a rehabilitation assignment at Double-A Akron on Tuesday.
Acta wouldn't say how soon Hafner will be back, but Hafner said the team told him they wanted him to spend three or four days in the minors before returning.

The Indians have struggled to score runs in Hafner's absence, so Acta shook up his lineup Monday, putting Grady Sizemore back in the leadoff spot and batting Michael Brantley and Asdrubal Cabrera third and fourth.

"Those two guys have been the most consistent," Acta explained. "I wanted to have our best hitters hit in the middle of the lineup."

Posted on: July 13, 2009 10:37 am

Acta out, Nationals still a mess

When Manny Acta announced his own firing late Sunday night, he told ESPNDeportes, "It's normal for the manager to pay the price when the team is not doing well."

Very true, especially for a team that's happier with finding scapegoats than with finding a direction.

MLB.com suggested this morning that the Nationals considered firing Acta in late May, but decided they could get by with firing pitching coach Randy St. Claire instead. A couple of weeks later, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that Acta was about to be fired, a report that the team really never denied. Instead, the Nats let it hang out there, almost as if they planned to fire him but never got around to doing it.

Since Rosenthal's report, Acta's Nats have gone 10-17, which isn't great but is still better than the 16-43 they were at the time.

Would 11 wins have bought him another week? What about 12?

Look, the point isn't that Acta is baseball's best manager. Since his only big-league experience is with the barely big-league Nationals, it's too hard to know that.

No, the point is that the Nationals either think Acta is the right man for their job or they don't.

There are good reasons to fire a manager in midseason. If you have a contending club that's severely underachieving, sometimes a new voice can help. If you have a manager who has lost control of his clubhouse, sometimes a new leader is a necessity.

When you have a bad club, and you just want to throw someone overboard because it's normal to make a manager pay the price, that's not a good reason.
Category: MLB
Posted on: June 16, 2009 8:19 pm

Garner: 'Manny's hung out to dry'

NEW YORK -- Phil Garner managed three big-league teams. He was fired by three big-league teams.

He knows how it goes. He can see when it’s going to happen. He also knows when it’s done wrong.

The Nationals are doing this one with Manny Acta all wrong.

“Manny’s hung out to dry,” Garner said Tuesday. “The only way they could keep him now is if they gave him a three-year contract.”

The Nationals obviously aren’t giving Acta a three-year deal. They aren’t even giving him a three-month deal, or a three-week deal.

In fact, when acting general manager Mike Rizzo was asked Tuesday afternoon about Acta’s status, he first said, “We’re supportive of everyone in the organization,” and then quickly followed it up with “The success we have on the field is going to dictate the moves that we make.”

The Nationals are 16-45. You do the math.

We all know how these managerial firings work. Once there’s serious talk that the manager is getting canned -- in this case a report from Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com that the Nationals never really denied -- in nine out of 10 cases the press conference is no more than a few days away.

That’s why Garner always said that he had just one request for his general manager: If you’re thinking of firing me, do it right away.

“Don’t string me out,” Garner said. “The players know it. The press knows it. Everyone knows it. The players know it before everyone else does.

“When it gets like this, they might as well go ahead and fire you.”

And yet, time after time, teams mess this one up.

We’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of the Mets’ botched Willie Randolph firing. They let Randolph get on a plane to California, remember, then fired him in the middle of the night, after a win.

That was bad. What the Diamondbacks did to Bob Melvin this year might have been worse, as they actually had him manage two more games after admitting to him that he was about to get canned.

Now we have the Nationals. There’s no indication they’ve told Acta he’s gone, but at the same time they’ve done nothing to suggest that they plan to keep him.

So the uncomfortable questions continue, day after day.

To his credit, Acta seems to be dealing with all this very well. People around him said he hasn’t changed the way he does things, and Tuesday he sat in his office and calmly answered a series of questions about his job status.

“I feel great,” he said. “I don’t worry about rumors. When your number’s up, your number’s up.”

Asked if he had received any reassurances from Rizzo or club president Stan Kasten, Acta said, “I’m the type who doesn’t need to be patted on the back.”

That’s nice of him to say, but it really doesn’t matter.

This isn’t about a pat on the back. It’s about an organization, and about choosing to do things the right way or the wrong way.

One more time, the Nationals are wrong.

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