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Manny Acta is interviewing to be the Cubs’ manager

Oct 7, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

Manny Acta AP

While reports swirl that the Cubs are preparing to out-bid the Yankees for Joe Girardi they’re apparently still working on fallback plans, as David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that former Nationals and Indians manager Manny Acta is in town to meet with Theo Epstein and company.

Acta has been one of the more vocal stat-head leaning managers–which certainly fits with the Cubs’ front office approach–and wears the hell out of a hat, but he went 158-252 (.385) in two-plus seasons with the Nationals and 214-266 (.446) in three seasons with the Indians, the last of which was 2012.

Acta joins A.J. Hinch as known candidates to interview with the Cubs following the firing of Dale Sveum and Kaplan reports that Padres bench coach Rick Renteria is also expected to come in for a meeting.

  1. barkleyblows - Oct 7, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Now this would be a perfect fit. Crappy manager for a crappy team.

    • dcfan4life - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      The problem with Manny Acta is his inability to control his squad. He isnt focal, fiery, or in your face. He never gets on umpires, players, or anybody. Hes that “i wanna please everybody” type of guy. And while his baseball knowledge and skills are excellent, when your dealing with millionaire athletes, inconsistant umpires, or the media you need to be more vocal. Not Ozzie Guillen vocal, but a heck of a lot more than Manny Acta.

  2. 13arod - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    sign girdi not this crappy manager

  3. deathmonkey41 - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    This is just so they can say they interviewed someone whose name rhymes with Dacta. Not sure why that’s important to them though.

  4. stephenolszewski - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    As a Indians fan this is a big mistake, I’d go after Alomar

    • Kevin Gillman - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:54 PM

      Yeah we know Manny won’t fight for his team, and he throws them under the bus if he needs to.

  5. johnnydom - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Bad idea just ask Cleveland

  6. boots44 - Oct 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    The cubs will never learn

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