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Tolman out with Licey in the D.R.

This entry on the Web site of the Licey Tigers, who Manny Acta has described to me as the Yankees of the Dominican winter league, tells the tale of Tim Tolman being let go as manager of the team. Tolman, the Nationals' third base coach, drew the ire of many hard-core Nats fans when he had a few runners thrown out over the summer, and there was some internal discussion -- I found out much later -- about changing the roles on the team. But he is one of Acta's oldest confidantes, and Acta believes he is a bright and outstanding baseball man, and he got much better as the year went along.

That said, this was a tough spot for an American manager. This is the 100th anniversary of Licey, and there is a lot expected of this club. They lost the first three games in the championship series, and Tolman and the pitching coach, Mark Brewer, were canned. The upside, at least in the Nats' world, is that Ricardo Aponte (Nats bullpen coach) became the pitching coach.

It's a crazy scene down there in the D.R. in winter ball. I have a call into Tolman to see what he thinks of it all, and will pass it on when I hear from him.

Also: Just heard from Manny Acta that he has received several checks for his foundation-- impActa Kids -- through readers of Nationals Journal. (And yes, in his weaker moments, the manager stops by and reads what I have to say, and what you have to say, right here in this very spot, too.) He wanted me to pass on his thanks, and he said the foundation's Web site should be up within the next few weeks. I'll be sure to keep you posted on that. Meanwhile, the address and explanation of the foundation is in this old NJ post.

By Barry Svrluga  |  January 22, 2008; 5:51 PM ET
 
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