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We have confirmation (really) reports that (though no one will return calls concerning) Manny Acta will indeed be named manager. The official announcement will be made on Tuesday.

Interesting paragraph(s):

Acta was born and raised in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. He was signed by the Astros as a non-drafted free-agent infielder in 1986, and by the time he came to the United States the following season, he was taking English classes taught by the organization. However, the sessions only dealt with words that involved baseball.

By the time, he was in Class A in 1988, Acta wouldn't go into restaurants, because he didn't know how to read the menu. Instead, he would go into a grocery store and load up on fruits. . . .

Today, he is fluent in the English language and advises Latin baseball players to follow his lead when they come to the United States.

Acta seems a real success story. Most would agree he deserved a shot at some point, and the Nats are pretty fortunate to be the ones giving him the shot.

For more of my thoughts on the Acta hiring, see the previous post.