The Cleveland Indians are taking the same approach to rebuilding as the Washington Nationals took before the 2007 season. Manny Acta will be manning the helm for 2010 and the Indians were so excited to acquire him and his 158-252 record that they didn’t even go ahead with their scheduled interview of Don Mattingly. To add to the craziness the Astros tried to get Acta but (to my relief) he turned down their offer.
So I must be missing something. I don’t know much about Acta other than that he hasn’t been able to win at the big league level. I suppose you could say he hasn’t had the tools but the Nationals were a collection of major league players (with players like Adam Dunn, Ryan Zimmerman and Austin Kearns). 26-61 with any group of major leaguers is a poor showing. I figure he must be quite the salesman and he knows how to market himself. Also that article mentioned that he’s bilingual and he’s into sabermetrics. Those make for two nice bulletin points on a resume but apparently don’t translate into a winner.