Named Manager of the Cleveland Indians on October 25, 2009, becoming 40th Manager in franchise history... Led the Indians to an 11-game improvement in his second season of 2011 (80-82) and the club's 16th second place finish in the 111-year history of the franchise...The 11-game improvement (80 wins from 69 wins) was the 5th best in MLB despite ending the season with the 3rd youngest roster in MLB and 11 players who made their MLB debut during the season...His 2013 club option was exercised on September 29, 2011... Guided the Indians to a 4th place AL Central finish (69-93) in his first season at the helm in 2010, including a mark of 35-39 (.473) in the second half, the 3rd best mark in the AL Central after the break with the youngest club in Major League Baseball to end the season...Served as Manager of the Washington Nationals for two and one half seasons from 2007 thru July 13, 2009...Named Manager of the Nationals on November 14, 2006 becoming the 2nd manager in Nationals franchise history succeeding Frank Robinson...Was 37 years old at the time of the appointment and immediately became the youngest active manager in baseball...Was the 2nd-youngest manager in franchise annals (Tom Runnels was 36 upon getting the job in 1991)...In his first season in 2007 led the Nationals to a fourth place finish in NL East Division after the club had three straight last place finishes from 2004-06...Finished 6th in the NL Manager of the Year voting...The 2007 Nationals employed 14 rookies and 13 different starting pitchers...In 2008, Nationals posted 59 wins in injury-marred campaign as 8 of Washingtons's 9 Opening Day starters spent significant portions of the season on the disabled list...Washington made 30 DL moves involving 19 players and lost 1216 games to injury... Only 2 Nationals went wire-to-wire...Originally broke into the Majors as the third base/infield coach of the Montreal Expos in 2002 and held that position for three seasons from 2002-2004...Acta then moved onto the same position on the Major League staff of the New York Mets in 2005 & 2006 before being named the manager of the Washington Nationals...Began his post playing career in the Houston Astros Player Development System in 1992 as a coach for the Asheville Tourists...Was a coach or manager in the Houston system for 10 seasons from 1992-2001...Started his managerial career in 1993 at Class A Auburn of the short season New-York Penn League guiding the Astros to a 30-46 record...Managed at Auburn from 1993-1996 going a combined 152-150 (.503)...In 1994, led the Astros to the NYPL finals...Spent the 1997 season as Manager at Single-A Quad City posting a 59-75 record...From 1998- 2000 Managed at Kissimmee in the Florida State League going combined 208-207 (.501)...Guided Kissimmee to the Florida State League Championship in 1999 while also earning Florida State League Manager of the Year honors...In 1999 managed Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League going 14-24...Spent the 2001 season as a coach of the New Orleans Zephers on Tony Pena's staff...Guided Estrella in the Dominican Winter League to a 28-22 record in 2002...In 2003 managed Licey of the Dominican Winter League to the Championship as he was named the Manager of the Year...Led Licey to a league best 30-20 (.600) record in 2004...Managed the Dominican Republic's team to a semi-final appearance in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006.
Began his professional career in 1986 as an infielder with the DSL Astros after being signed as a undrafted free agent...Playing career spanned six pro seasons with the Houston organization...Posted a career-best 40RBI with Osceola in the Single-A Florida State League in 1998.
Full named MANUEL ELIAS ACTA...Manny and his wife Cindy, have two daughters, Jennifer and Leslie...Graduated from San Esteban Episcopal School in San Pedro de Macoris..Earned U.S. citizenship in 1999...Holds dual citizenship in both the Dominican Republic and the United States...Is the only active manager in the big leagues and just the 4th manager overall joining Felipe Alou, Tony Pena and Luis Pujols to hail from the Dominican Republic...As a player, learned English by reading a book called Basic English and tutored fellow Spanish-speaking players...Likes to listen to music and plays golf in his free time ....Founded the impACTA Kids Foundation in November of 2007 which focuses on providing opportunities for kids to achieve their dreams in both the Dominican Republic and the United States by emphasizing the importance of education, health and athletics... Hosted celebrity bowling tournament in August 2011 at the Corner Alley in Cleveland to raise money for CIC and the impACTA Foundation... Annually gives out two $2,500 college scholarships to local Cleveland students thru his foundation.