With little surprise the Washington Nationals fired their embattled manager, Manny Acta after a couple of seasons of mediocrity and this year terrible play. His termination was preordained by the decisions - or lack thereof - of the general manager and the baseball executives who report to the owners, the Lerner Family. The Nationals entered the season without a pitching staff and proved that you can't win without competent pitching, especially a bull pen that cannot protect one run leads.
As the season worked its way to the All Star break, the rumor of Acta's impending doom became louder. For those poor season ticket holders, the only good reason to go to the new ball park was to enjoy the unusually cool and sunny weather because the team had added a new dimension to their losing ways - bad defense. The only positive outcome came from the lower ERA that Nationals pitchers had because the base clearing game winning hit against them came after one of their poor fielding teammates made an error. Bad pitching plus poor defense = losses, and the inverse is equally true.
In his 1st news conference, new manager, Jim Riggleman, spoke of his belief that Acta was not the reason for the teams losing way - placing blame on the players, their injuries and youthfulness. Surely, Nationals fans must worry that he brings little excitement and ideas how to turn around the season. Luckily, Washington D.C. fans are used to losing records by their major sports teams so with over 200 channels on Direct TV, they can find better things to watch than a woeful team on pace to break the record for most losses in a season.