Manny Acta

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Manuel Elias Acta Pena

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 172 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Manny Acta played in the Houston Astros minor league system for six seasons (1986-1991).

Acta started his coaching career as a player/coach for the Burlington Astros in 1991. He moved into a full-time coaching role with the Asheville Tourists in 1992. He managed in the minors for the Astros from 1993 to 2000. He was then a bench coach for the New Orleans Zephyrs in 2001.

From 2002 to 2004, he was the third base coach for the Montreal Expos under manager Frank Robinson. He managed the team for a number of spring training games and one regular season game in 2004 and had a perfect winning record. The regular season game, a 4-2 win over the New York Mets on October 1 is not counted in Acta's statistics as Robinson was present at the game, even if he had let his deputy take the team's reins for a day. After the season, he followed general manager Omar Minaya to the New York Mets, for whom he was the third base coach in 2005 and 2006.

He had been in the running for a number of Major League manager positions and was on the short list for the Arizona Diamondbacks job after the 2004 season, but lost out to Wally Backman (who had to resign the position a few days after being hired) and Bob Melvin. He finally was the successful candidate in the competition to succeed Robinson at the helm of the Washington Nationals following the 2006 season. He surprised everyone by keeping the Nationals out of the cellar in 2007 in spite of working with a depleted starting rotation all season. His excellent work with the young team earned him respect around Major League Baseball and put a stop to the talk that he had been hired solely to improve baseball's poor record on hiring minorities for management positions. However, things went sour over the following two seasons, as the Nats sank in the standings in 2008, finishing with the worst record in the majors, then played even worse in the first half of the 2009 season. Acta was fired at the All-Star break and replaced by bench coach Jim Riggleman.

Acta was named manager of the Cleveland Indians in 2010 and had some success with the team. Cleveland was the surprise leader in the AL Central for most of the first half of the 2011 season, before slowing down and finishing in second place, just below .500. In 2012, the team again played well in the first half, staying close to the Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox, but was done in by a horrendous August, during which it was only 5-24, the worst month in the 112-year history of the franchise. Acta paid the price for the collapse, being fired with a week left to go in the season.

In 2013, Acta was hired as an analyst by ESPN. Interestingly, he was asked to work both on Baseball Tonight and on the network's sister Spanish-language network, ESPN Deportes. His two predecessors in the English-language slot, Bobby Valentine and Terry Francona, had both landed major league jobs after the high-profile assignment, something that Acta was clearly hoping to be in the cards for him as well. He did land another major league job, but as the third base coach for the Seattle Mariners in 2016, working with rookie manager Scott Servais. In 2018, he became the team's bench coach following the departure of Tim Bogar. In 2020, he moved to third base coach with the M's and stayed there through the 2023 season.

In addition to coaching and managing in the U.S., Acta gained further experience managing in winter leagues and in the World Baseball Classic. He began the 1999 Venezuelan League season as the third base coach for the Leones del Caracas, but was promoted to manager on November 16. Acta managed Estrellas Orientales in 2002/2003 before leading the Dominican Republic's Tigres del Licey to the Caribbean Series title in 2004. He returned to Licey in 2004/2005. He took another step forward by managing the Dominican Republic's team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Acta did not participate in the winter leagues for several years while managing MLB teams, but later assumed the role of general manager for Licey from 2013-2015. His final winter league managing experience came with the Águilas Cibaeñas of the Dominican League in 2016/2017.

He has primarily worn number 14 in the Major Leagues.

Preceded by
Frank Robinson
Washington Nationals Manager
Succeeded by
Jim Riggleman
Preceded by
Eric Wedge
Cleveland Indians Manager
Succeeded by
Sandy Alomar, Jr.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1993 Auburn Astros New York-Penn League 30-46 14th Houston Astros
1994 Auburn Astros New York-Penn League 45-31 2nd Houston Astros Lost League Finals
1995 Auburn Astros New York-Penn League 40-34 5th Houston Astros
1996 Auburn Doubledays New York-Penn League 37-39 8th Houston Astros
1997 Quad City River Bandits Midwest League 59-75 13th Houston Astros
1998 Kissimmee Cobras Florida State League 64-75 11th (t) Houston Astros
1999 Kissimmee Cobras Florida State League 71-66 6th Houston Astros League Champs
2000 Kissimmee Cobras Florida State League 73-66 6th Houston Astros
2007 Washington Nationals National League 73-89 4th Washington Nationals
2008 Washington Nationals National League 59-102 5th Washington Nationals
2009 Washington Nationals National League 26-61 -- Washington Nationals replaced by Jim Riggleman on July 13
2010 Cleveland Indians American League 69-93 4th Cleveland Indians
2011 Cleveland Indians American League 80-82 2nd Cleveland Indians
2012 Cleveland Indians American League 65-91 -- Cleveland Indians replaced by Sandy Alomar, Jr. on September 27

Further Reading[edit]

  • Jesse Sanchez: "Acta's wealth of knowledge big help to Mariners",, February 6, 2018. [1]

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