Sources: Acta to replace Robinson as Nats manager

Updated: November 11, 2006, 9:04 PM ET
By Enrique Rojas | ESPNdeportes.com

MIAMI -- The Washington Nationals will name New York Mets third-base coach Manny Acta as their next manager at a news conference during next week's general managers' meetings in Naples, Fla., several sources told ESPNdeportes.com.

Acta did not return phone calls, nor did Nationals general manager Jim Bowden. Club president Stan Kasten didn't immediately respond to an e-mail message.

Acta would replace Frank Robinson, for whom he worked as a third-base coach from 2002-04, when the franchise was in Montreal. The team moved to Washington before the 2005 season.

A baseball official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Nationals hadn't made an announcement, told The Associated Press he had been told that Acta is getting the job. He also said that, as of Saturday night, Acta had not formally informed the Mets he would be leaving.

Acta, 37, would be the fourth Dominican to manage in the major leagues. Felipe Alou managed Montreal (1992-2001) and San Francisco (2003-06), Tony Pena managed Kansas City (2002-05) and Luis Pujols pulled the strings in Detroit (2002).

On Friday, Acta surprisingly took himself out of the running to become manager of the Oakland Athletics. He had been scheduled to interview with the A's on Sunday.

Acta, who has been a candidate to be a manager the past five seasons, joined the Mets in 2005. He played six seasons in the minor leagues with the Houston Astros organization until 1992, when he began his coaching career.

Acta successfully managed the Licey Tigers during two seasons in the Winter Dominican League, and he was the Dominican Republic manager during the World Baseball Classic in March. He also was a manager in the Winter Venezuelan League.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Enrique Rojas is a reporter and columnist for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.

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