Manny responded with this:
"Losing brings out bad characters," Acta said. "It's very easy for some of you [members of the media] to hide behind guys named sources, think tank, an opposing scout, a National League top executive and an official. I don't believe most of those comments, because any one of you guys can hide behind any of those guys. It's an old trick."Regardless of whether you think the Nationals coaches are awful, and regardless of whether Manny thinks they are awful, I like that he's sticking up for his guys. No one likes to get trashed in the press, and none of these guys really deserve to get trashed, at least not anonymously by someone who can't be responded to. Fair, public criticism is ok, and in fact would be more credible for those who agree with the sentiment. But this feels to me like an unfair cheap shot.
This response shows Manny as a leader, providing cover for people who, for better or worse, have come to work every day and tried their best and deserve better treatment from their employer. He may dismiss one, some, or all these guys next week, but there's a way to do it with class.
If you're a potential recruit to replace someone on the Nationals staff, this is recruiting. If you are about to get fired, this makes you less likely to trash the team on your way out the door. This is good leadership. Good for Manny.