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Acta happier than ever with Indians

Jun 11, 2010, 10:56 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Indians manager Manny Acta throws batting practice before Friday’s game.

CLEVELAND — Manny Acta would have liked to be able to hand the ball to Stephen Strasburg every five nights instead of Daniel Cabrera. He would have liked to be able to call upon Drew Storen and Matt Capps to close out games instead of Kip Wells and Joel Hanrahan. He wouldn’t have minded having Ian Desmond at shortstop and Ivan Rodriguez behind the plate.

But if you’re looking for the former Nationals manager to complain about the hand he was dealt, you won’t get it. Now in his first year as skipper of the Indians, Acta insists he has no regrets about the way things went during his 2 1/2 years in the District.

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  1. Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_for_Me - Jun 11, 2010 at 11:37 PM

    He's still a .350 baseball manager. Lifetime.

  2. Anonymous - Jun 11, 2010 at 11:53 PM

    The fact that Acta resurfaced after his pathetic performance in DC is a miracle. I wonder if he has taken some assertiveness training yet or is he still intimidated by bad umpires making bad calls.

  3. alm1000 - Jun 12, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    Manny was a nice guy but crappy manager. He's happy to be in Cleveland and I'm happy he is there too.

  4. Anonymous - Jun 12, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    The nats immediately got better when he left. No Pudge or Storen required.

  5. face - Jun 12, 2010 at 1:12 AM


  6. Anonymous8 - Jun 12, 2010 at 1:48 AM

    Anon at 8:57 said the truth. Last year, as much as some of us were convinced that the problem was the players, it was a combination of both as was shown when Manny was fired, the team got better.Manny needed a change of scenery and got it and good luck to him.

  7. Mike - Jun 12, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Manny's a good man and was probably the kind of guy the Nationals needed to follow Frank Robinson. However, it didn't work out. That doesn't make him a bad guy or even a bad manager. There have been other good managers who've lost. He didn't have the players here to succeed. He needed a change of scenery last year, and the Nats needed something to change. If it worked out for both parties, all the better.

  8. Anonymous - Jun 12, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    So driving the Nationals into the ground didn't fill you with joy, Manny?

  9. natsfan1a - Jun 13, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    I always liked Manny and I always will.



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