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Acta addresses Mets job opening

The Mets have had a managerial opening for a matter of hours, and Manny Acta's name has already landed in the New York tabloids. Perhaps that's just the way it works with New York. Then again, Acta is close friends with two of the main men in the Mets front office, GM Omar Minaya and vice president Tony Bernazard.

Today before the game against Minnesota, Acta said he's Washington's manager. He'll continue to be so long as the team has him.

Acta's full comments, all context provided free of charge:

(On the firing): I feel bad for Willie. He's a great guy. I worked for him for two years. He treated me the way I wanted to be treated -- with respect. And he was very good to me. It's unfortunate that it happened, but that's how the game goes.

(On his name being associated with the job): I think most of those comments are blown out of proportion. I think people are making a lot of nothing. I have never - I was never brought in or interviewed for a Mets' job. I was brought in to be the third base coach. And people are really mistaking my relationship with Omar Minaya and Tony Bernazard. We are friends. I'm assuming you guys have friends, too. And those are two guys I talk to during the season and during the offseason, too. It has nothing to do with Expos, Mets, Nationals or anything. It's friendship, and I think people are blowing things out of proportion. I'm a National. I'm very happy here, and I'll be here as long as the Lerners, Stan Kasten and Jim Bowden want me to be.

(On whether he'd be interested if NY wanted him as a candidate): It's not even a question. I'm not here to talk about the Mets. This is the Nationals' press conference.

And with that, we moved on to other matters, like Odalis Perez's next throwing session. (Tomorrow.)

One other thing if you're up for it, NJers. Livan Hernandez is on the hill for the Twins tonight. Obviously a familiar face, and a pitcher in the classic sense -- he wants to throw until the game ends. Do you guys have a particular favorite Livan game from his time with Washington? Just curious.

By Chico Harlan  |  June 17, 2008; 8:11 PM ET
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