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Nationals name former Mets coach Acta manager

Updated: November 14, 2006, 9:19 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Manny Acta began preparing to be a major-league manager when he was the only kid with a catcher's mitt in his neighborhood back in the Dominican Republic.

"So I was like, 'I'm running the game, or I'm taking the glove away,'" Acta recalled Tuesday. "I've run games all my life."

Now he'll run them for real from big-league dugouts after being hired by the Washington Nationals, who made him the youngest manager in the majors.

The 37-year-old Acta, the New York ...

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