Nationals' manager Manny Acta is rumored to be out the door, but no one has told him that yet:
After today's game, the elephant remained in the room. Manny Acta has in fact boarded the team plane, heading to New York for the upcoming series against the Yankees. But that begins Tuesday. We'll see what happens tomorrow.
Not quite the same thing as Omar Minaya allowing Willie Randolph to get on a plane and fly all the way out to California before being fired last year, but if the reports of his impending demise are true, I can't imagine why the Nats didn't simply fire Acta after yesterday's game. Or, better yet, before yesterday's game. There's no percentage in letting a guy twist in the wind like this. And he is twisting. Team president Stan Kasten had the chance to dispel this rumor over the weekend and didn't. When you see that, you can pretty much bank on the fact that the axe is ready to swing.
While Kasten himself has a good reputation, there is a strong sense inside the game that the Nationals' owners are clueless when it comes to baseball operations. But don't let me passing along rumors convince you: the Nats' baseball operations over the past few years are evidence enough that they have no idea what they're doing. Letting a manager dangle like this -- which sends a negative message to anyone else who may one day want to manager this club themselves -- is yet another example of the Nats simply getting it wrong.