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Tuesday, 14 November 2006 18:31

Manny ActaManny Acta, the former third base coach for the NY Mets, was announced as the new manager for the Washington Nationals on Tuesday. While financial terms have not been released, Acta agreed to a two-year contract with two one-year club options.

Acta was former manager Frank Robinson's third-base coach with the Montreal Expos from 2002-04.

As reported:

Team president Stan Kasten and general manager Jim Bowden said Acta impressed them with his personality, his knowledge of the Nationals and his ideas about how to turn around a club that finished last in the NL East the past three seasons.

"Usually, with a manager, they're strong in one area or the other. He's really well-balanced, all the way around," Bowden said. "He really understands teaching, developing, building a young club. He has great people skills, but he knows how to put the hammer down."

The Nationals hope to be competitive when Washington's new stadium opens in 2008.

"We have a very good plan in place here. We're going to do it the right way," Acta said. "We're going to be patient, and we're going to bring a winner here."

(The AP )

 
 
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