Exit Music For An Acta

SI.com reports Manny Acta's time managing the Washington Natinals will be over soon. President Stan Kasten won't confirm or deny that report, only saying that he's "perplexed" by the abysmal 16-43 record, which probably means he's done.

Blustery Ken Rosenthal also reported Acta's inevitable dismissal and will be replaced by bench coach Jim Riggleman. (It would be a little ironic if Rosenthal's report was a erroneous.Probably not, though)

It's kind of a shame for Acta, who's been praised for his niceness and patience throughout the last three seasons of sustained awfulness. This is how it works, though, and someone has to be executed for the losing record, the uniform typos, the botched bobbleheads, the fireworks hitting the fire chief, Lastings Milledge, and everything else that's embarrassed this franchise the past three months.

Acta Still Manager — For Now [Washington Post]