Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Acta Fired

The Nats fired their manager, Manny Acta, yesterday. This is a sign of a dysfunctional organization and it begins at the top with the Lerners. The Lerners took over and unceremoniously disposed of the then manager, Hall of Famer Frank Robinson. In his stead, they hired a bright young manager for the future. But that manager, Acta, was never given enough talent to compete. Yet, he managed to pull a fourth place finish out of his ass in 2007.

The organization admitted (far too late) that Acta didn't have enough talent to work with when they fired the general manager, Jim Bowden, at the beginning of this season. Despite that admission, the organization decided to also fire Acta, in what can only be described as a bizarre move. Sure, the Nats are by far the worst team in the league. The record is not the only indication of this. So are the names on the roster.

When you hire a manager for the future, you shouldn't fire him after 2 and half years, when the miracle turnaround (predictably) doesn't happen.

My fear is that this will be the norm. The Nats' manager won't have enough talent to win, will be canned every couple of years, and we'll start the cycle all over again. For Acta, it's probably the best news he's heard all year. He's sure to eventually land another job as the boss and, by the law of physics, it will have to be in a better situation.

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