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On Manny Acta's Prospects as an Elementary School Teacher

I tried my theory out on a few people, to see what they thought. The theory being that you either know how to talk to kids, or you don't, and that Manny Acta does, and that he therefore could be an elementary school teacher if he wanted, calming down kids during quiet time and taking them to the cafeteria and all that. Although, come to think of it, if he wanted to help guide a bunch of young kids who don't make any money and aren't really expected to do much, he's already in a pretty ideal spot.

Anyhow, the thoughts on his teaching prospects:

Nook Logan: "Seems like he could do a lot of stuff."

Manny Acta's wife: "Actually, the first time I heard him [talk to children] I was impressed....He could do anything he wants to do, he's such a smart guy. If he puts his mind to it, he could do anything he wants."

D.C. Regional Superintendent Michael Snipes: "He was very engaging, very engaging. He certainly established some great rapport with the kids. He's a teacher now, he's a teacher of the young people he's responsible for with the Nationals. To be a good coach you have to establish the same rapport with the guys that our teachers do with the young people here in our schools. He is a teacher, and you could tell by his style."

Manny Acta: "In Spanish you mean? I love talking to kids, but I don't know if I'm ready to do it in English. Once in a while I'll still mispronounce a word, now and then. You don't want the kids getting confused."

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 22, 2007; 1:27 PM ET
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