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Last Sunday at Nationals Park, acting general manager Mike Rizzo said he and the front office continue to support manager Manny Acta despite the team’s slow start.
Acta said those sentiments are often expressed to him on an everyday basis.
“Nothing has changed here, the way Mike, [team president] Stan [Kasten] and the ownership group have treated me. I don’t see any difference,” Acta said. “I appreciate and I like working with Mike. He is very professional.
“All I can control is my attitude, the effort that I give and try to put these guys in situations where we can win on an everyday basis.”
Acta is in the last year of his contract, although his option could be picked up after the season.
The Nationals arrived at Citi Field on Friday afternoon and came away impressed with the Mets’ new home.
The Nationals took early batting practice around 2:30 p.m. ET, and realized that the stadium is a pitcher’s park, which pleased closer Joel Hanrahan.
The dimensions are as follows: Left field: 335 feet, left center: 379 feet, center field: 408 feet, right center: 383 feet and right field: 330 feet.
“It’s an upgrade from Shea Stadium,” Hanrahan said. “I saw a couple of games on TV and it looked a little bigger. We actually went out for early batting practice and I asked [hitting coach] Rick Eckstein how the stadium was playing and he said, ‘It’s a big ballpark,’ which is not a problem for me.
“Anytime you know that you are playing in a bigger park, you feel you have extra wiggle room. The Mets are a good hitting team. If you make a mistake, they can still hit it out.”
The dimensions aren’t the only thing manager Manny Acta noticed at Citi Field.
“It’s beautiful. It’s a state-of-the-art-facility,” Acta said. “That’s the main thing nowadays. When they build one of these new ones, it’s gorgeous. We enjoyed the stadium out there earlier.”
Left-hander John Lannan grew up in Long Island, and while he loves the new stadium, Lannan has a soft spot for Shea. He remembers watching his father, Ed, drive down the Van Wyck Expressway with Shea Stadium always in sight.
“I miss Shea. It just feels different,” Lannan said. “Citi Field is a beautiful ballpark. I took a run around and saw the Jackie Robinson Rotunda and it’s really cool. I was coming up on the Van Wyck today and not seeing Shea, it was kind of weird because you always saw it. Not to see it this time was kind of weird for me.”
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.”
Nationals manager Manny Acta was ejected from Friday’s game against the Marlins after three innings.
After Elijah Dukes struck out looking to end the third inning, Acta was seen arguing with home plate umpire Tim Timmons. Within a few seconds, Timmons ejected Acta. Bench coach Jim Riggleman took over the managerial duties.
It was Acta’s second ejection of his career, the first coming on July 26, 2007. In that game, Acta and left-hander John Lannan exited the game after Lannan hit Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard with a pitch.