The Washington Times - March 11, 2013, 12:37PM

Former Washington Nationals manager Manny Acta joined ESPN this week in what the network is calling a multi-platform role.

Acta, who managed the Nationals from 2007 until mid-way through the 2009 season, will serve as an analyst on Baseball Tonight, Beisbol Esta Noche, SportsCenter and other ESPN studio programming. He will also be used on ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes Radio.


“I’m excited to bring my insights and opinions to both English and Spanish-speaking audiences on ESPN and ESPN Deportes,” Acta said in a release from ESPN. “I love talking about baseball, so being a Baseball Tonight analyst is a perfect job for me.”

When the Nationals hired Acta to manage in 2006, at age 37 he was the youngest active manager in the major leagues. He was fired in 2009 with the Nationals 26-61 under his watch that season.

Acta was replaced by Jim Riggleman and the team finished the season 59-103 — earning them the first-round draft pick in 2010, which they used to select Bryce Harper.

Acta managed the Cleveland Indians from 2010 until the final month of the 2012 season, when he was relieved of his duties there. Terry Francona, who spent the 2012 season working for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, was hired to manage the Indians this offseason.

ESPN has often been a landing spot for managers between on-field jobs with Buck Showalter, Bobby Valentine and Francona among those who’ve worked for the network before returning to the managerial ranks.

Acta debuted on ESPN on Sunday night, alongside former Nationals infielder Alex Cora.