Nationals support Manny Acta
Entering Sunday’s action, the Nationals were 1-9 and already 8 ½ games behind the Marlins. The slow start has not hurt manager Manny Acta with the organization.
In fact, acting general manager Mike Rizzo said he and the organization support Acta, who has a 133-200 record in two-plus seasons with the Nationals.
“I support Manny Acta and so does the organization,” Rizzo said. “He is our manager and a good young manager. I think he has handled the young ballclub right.”
Rizzo said the Nationals are still rebuilding and there is going to be some growing pains. Rizzo was a member of the Diamondbacks, when they lost 111 games in 2004, and he said the Nationals are ahead of schedule when it comes to the rebuilding process.
“[The Nationals] have a very young ballclub in the Major Leagues, which we didn’t have in Arizona. That’s what I take from that [’04] season.” Rizzo said. “Last year, we ended the season as the youngest team in the Major Leagues. We are still one of the youngest teams in the Major Leagues. We are building and it’s a slow process. … It’s a slow step-by-step process. We are moving in a right planned-out direction.”