- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 20, 2007

SEEN & HEARD IN VIERA

Rookie manager Manny Acta laid down the team rules to the full squad in a closed-door meeting yesterday morning before practice. In a short speech, Acta spelled out what he expects from his players. We’ll call them Manny’s Rules.

“Show up on time. ‘Time’ doesn’t mean just in time. Show up early, work hard and respect each other,” Acta said.

Acta’s rules also include: no wearing earrings on the field, no wearing hats backward, wearing presentable clothing while traveling and keeping the music down in the clubhouse.

“Our idea of the music thing is that I really don’t want Austin Kearns to force his country music onto Beltran Perez,” he said. “And I don’t want Beltran Perez to force his merengue onto Austin Kearns. So we don’t need to have that loud music all the time that brings on problems.”

The players said Acta’s rules seem fair.

“That’s how it always is and that’s the way it should be,” catcher Brian Schneider said. “You’re representing yourself, city, team, new ownership. So act professional, be professional and look professional.”

TEMPERATURE CHECK

Hot: First full-squad workout

Intensity ratchets up a notch

Cold: Guzman’s shoulder

Shoulder tendinitis shuts down shortstop for a few days

Hot: Belliard reports

Veteran sees a good situation for himself in D.C.

Cold: Space Coast Stadium renovations

Make it stop. Please, make it stop

BY THE NUMBERS

.219

Guzman’s batting average from 2005 season

.284

Belliard’s batting average from 2005 season

OVERHEARD

“It’s an interesting competition because we are going to give Larry Broadway a shot and we’ve also brought in Travis Lee to compete for that job. Who knows? We’ve got a lot of people in here that if things don’t work out we can go to.”

— Manager Manny Acta on the competition to open the season at first base in place of the injured Nick Johnson.

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Tomorrow: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Friday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Saturday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Sunday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Monday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

Tuesday: Full-squad workout, 9 a.m.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Partly cloudy, 50 degrees

Viera: Partly cloudy, 79 degrees


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