Acta not concerned about job security
Skipper thinks more about current status of economy
VIERA, Fla. -- Manny Acta said on Sunday that he is not concerned that this season could be his last as manager of the Nationals. He has an option for 2010, but the team has not picked it up yet.
Acta is philosophical when talking about his situation, thinking more about those who don't have jobs in today's weak economy.
"Not too many people are as blessed as I am," Acta said. "The only thing I can control is to manage this team to the best of my ability. If you want to put it to rest right now, I'm going to tell you: The economy is not good. Where I live, the unemployment rate is high, and I have a job in 2009. It would be bad if I start whining and complaining about not having a job for next year."
Acta, in his third year as Washington's skipper, has compiled a 132-191 record. His best season was in 2007, when Washington went 73-89, and the club rewarded him by picking up his option for 2009. That year, he placed sixth in the National League Manager of the Year voting.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.