Manny Acta: Finally Canned

What's that sucking sound? Oh, it's just the Nationals.

Washington Nationals president Stan Kasten must've thought things could only get better for his team when he said that manager Manny Acta's job was safe. Either that, or he's a big fat liar.

Acta told ESPNdeportes on Sunday that he's been fired from the challenging Nationals skipper job after being creamed by the Houston Astros 5-0 headed into the All-Star break.

In 2003, the Detroit Tigers lost a modern-day record 119 games, and the Nats are prepared to challenge that mark. As of right now, they hold baseball's crappiest record at 26-61, well on their way to a 100-loss season. Realistically, at this rate, they might not even win 50 games.

Over a span of three seasons in charge, Acta posted a 158-252 record.

Though the team has not confirmed the firing, bench coach Jim Riggleman is the leading man to take the reigns. Good luck, pal. You're gonna need it.

[ESPN] | [Has Manny Acta Been Fired Yet?] | [The Clubhouse]


Megs said...

I bet the 2003 Tigers could shut out the 2009 Nationals. If only we had a flux capacitator!

Sooze said...

When this baby hits 88 mph, you're gonna see some serious shit.

Marea said...

1.21 Gigawats?!?!

Marea said...

None of us are remotely surprised by this news, are we??

Fetch said...

I can't remember which writer said this, but Manny Acta will make the playoffs before the Nats do.

Dan said...

No, I don't think anyone is surprised at this move.

Bassmaster said...

The onlyt hing that surprises me about this move is that it took until the All Star break for it to happen.

NY_FLBBFAN said...

The Nats management team truly just don't get it. They give a good coach a team with little to no talent and expect him to turn them into an A Rod or Derek Jeter. Manny was the Nats scapegoat for poor recruiting & upper management. If the movie Major League wasn't made in 1989, I would swear that it was based on this team. It is like the automakers trying to blame the Unions for the car industry bust. It's kind of like American Idol. Every now & then American Idol gets it right, they pick someone with REAL talent. Then they select someone who is nothing more than a good karaoke lounge singer & the recording label expects them to sell million$. Wake up Nats upper management. Had they given Manny Acta some real talent to work with, they would have seen results. They get the leftovers that the rest of MLB doesn't want. Talk about a lamb to the slaughter. If you are going to clean house for results, then you need to clean out your roster & you'll wish you had kept Manny Acta when you get some real talent. He was too good for the Nats anyway. You'll see him in the playoffs but not the Nats.

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