Monday, June 15, 2009
The Nationals look ready to fire Manny Acta (because he's the problem), and speculation as to who his replacement will be is growing. Today, SI's Jon Heyman reports that among those being considered is former Mets manager and Groucho Marx enthusiast Bobby Valentine.
One of those candidates to replace Acta, according to National League sources, is Bobby Valentine, who is currently in his seventh season as manager of the Chiba Lotte Mariners in Japan.I really really really really want to see this happen. Perhaps the Nats could also reunite him with former Mets GM Steve Phillips? It's not like things can get any worse, right? Right?
No outside candidates have surfaced for Acta's job to date, but word is that interim GM Mike Rizzo will consider Valentine, who would seem on the surface to be the perfect fit for a young, rebuilding team with public relations and attendance issues.