6. MANNY ACTA
Manny Acta, the third-base coach for the Seattle Mariners, has more than 15 years of experience as a manager, trainer, general manager, executive and baseball analyst. Acta played for seven years in the Houston Astros' minor league system, where he became a coach in 1991.
The Dominican spent 10 years as a coach or team manager in the Astros organization's minor leagues until 2001, when he was given his first opportunity in MLB.
Acta was the third-base coach of the Montreal Expos from 2002 to 2004 under manager Frank Robinson, and then held the same position with the New York Mets from 2005 to 2006, after interviewing for several open manager positions. Acta started to gain fame for his skills in technical analysis and his knowledge of "sabermetrics."
In 2007, Acta was given his first opportunity to manage in MLB, being named as the second manager in the history of the Washington Nationals (formerly the Expos) after Robinson. He was only 37 years old, then the youngest manager in MLB, when he took the position.
In his first season the Nationals finished with a record of 73-89, much better than expected, and Acta even received votes for manager of the year.
But after a good start, Washington ended the 2008 season with a 59-102 record. Acta was fired by the Nationals in 2009 after starting out with a record of 26-61, the worst in the Big Leagues. He ended his two and a half seasons as a manager with a record of 158-252, a result that had a lot to do with the scarcity of talent on his team.
Acta got a second chance as a manager in 2010, when he chose the Cleveland Indians over the Houston Astros. After winning 69 games in his first season, the Indians won 80 in 2011, finishing in second place in the Central Division. In 2012, the Indians suffered a historic collapse as they struggled to a record of 5-24 in August, the worst month in the history of the franchise, and Acta was fired.
In the Dominican Republic, Acta managed the Estrellas Orientales and the Tigres del Licey. He won the 2004 Caribbean Series with the Tigres, where he was also the general manager. Acta was the manager of the Dominican national team at the World Baseball Classic in 2006.
Currently, Acta is director of operations for the ?guilas Cibae?as, oddly enough Licey's archrival, and he has been a baseball analyst for the ESPN and Fox networks.