Managers and their bosses disagree on roster moves often. But there are growing signs that the Nationals-Acta marriage may not be as strong as it once was.
Several team officials weren’t happy when Acta didn’t bench Milledge for arriving late to a pre-Opening Day meeting. Some weren’t happy with the way he handled his bullpen in Monday’s 9-8 loss to Philadelphia. Acta’s coaching staff, aside from pitching coach Randy St. Claire, was overhauled during the offseason. The Nationals have shown no inkling of picking up Acta’s contract option for next season, leaving him a lame duck in the interim.
Acta has the right answer whenever he’s asked about job security.
“I really don’t worry about that,” he said. “I’m going to get a job if it’s not here. My hope is to be here for the next 20 years. But if I don’t, I’ll have a job somewhere.”
The pertinent question now is: Are the Nationals as an organization going to show the same patience their manager has been preaching for three years?
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