Seattle Mariners Add Manny Acta As Third Base Coach

Manny ActaActa joins Bogar, Stottlemyre Jr. & Martinez on Mariners staff.

SEATTLE -- Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto & Manager Scott Servais announced today that former big league manager Manny Acta has been added to the Mariners Major League coaching staff as the third base coach.

Acta joins previously announced coaches Tim Bogar (Bench Coach), Edgar Martinez (Hitting Coach) and Mel Stottlemyre (Pitching Coach) on Servais’ Mariners staff.

“I believe Manny will be a great addition to our staff,” Servais said. “I’ve known him for over 25 years, since we were teammates in 1989. His experience as a Major League third base coach and manager, paired with his extensive player development background, will be very valuable to me, and to our players, as we move forward.”

Acta, 46, is currently in his third season as the General Manager of the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League, which included a Dominican Winter League championship during his first season (2013-14). He spent six seasons as a Major League manager with the Cleveland Indians (2010-12) & Washington Nationals (2007-09) and previously served as a third base coach with the New York Mets (2005-06) and Montreal Expos (2002-04).

Prior to his Major League coaching career, he spent 10 years in the Houston Astros player development system (1992-2001), including eight seasons as a minor league manager (1993-2000). He was the Manager of the Year in 1999 with Single-A Kissimmee in the Florida State League.

Acta served as the Manager for the Dominican Republic’s entry in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006, leading the team to the WBC’s Final Four. He also has managerial experience in the Venezuelan Winter League with Caracas (1999-01), as well as in the Dominican Winter League with Estrellas Orientales (2002-03) and Tigres del Licey (2003-04 & 2004-05). He led Licey to a Dominican Winter League Championship and subsequently a Caribbean Series title during the 2003-04 season for which he was named Manager of the Year.

Before beginning his coaching career, he played six seasons in the Houston Astros organization (1986-1991).

Acta also served as a baseball analyst for ESPN & ESPN Deportes for two seasons (2013-14).

Mariners News – November 11, 2015

Mariners Announce 2016 Spring Training Schedule

peoria springbaseballFirst game scheduled for March 2 vs. Padres. Start making plans for Spring Training with the Mariners in sunny Peoria, Arizona. The Mariners will play a 33-game Cactus League schedule, including 18 home games at the Peoria Sport Complex. It all starts with the annual charity game on Wednesday, March 2 at 1:10 p.m. (12:10 p.m. PT).  Spring training schedule.

Griffey, Hoffman Among Newcomers On Hall Of Fame Ballot

griffeyNEW YORK (AP) - Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman are among 15 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot and will face a newly trimmed electorate along with steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

David Eckstein, Troy Glaus, Mike Hampton, Mike Lowell and Billy Wagner also are among the players eligible for the first time on the 32-man ballot announced Monday. A vote of at least 75 percent from the Baseball Writers' Association of America is needed for election. Results will be announced Jan. 6.

November 10, 2015

FC Dallas Wins PK Shootout, Advances To Conference Finals

sounderslose110815FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Walker Zimmerman forced extra time with a 91st-minute goal and scored the clinching for penalty kick to help top-seeded FC Dallas reach the MLS Cup Western Conference finals with victory Sunday night over the Seattle Sounders in their two-game series.

FC Dallas won 4-2 on penalty kicks after three lead-changing goals in the final 10 minutes of regulation time and 30 scoreless minutes of extra time.

The result after first 180 minutes of the two-leg series was a tie in both the aggregate score (3-3) and away goals (1-1).

FC Dallas will face the Portland-Vancouver winner in the first leg of the conference finals in Texas on Nov. 22.

The fourth-seeded Sounders, having won the first leg 2-1, tightened their defense to hold the series edge for the first 83 scoreless minutes.

Tesho Akindele broke through in the 84th, heading home Je-Vaughn Watson's cross.

The 2-2 aggregate score would have been enough for FC Dallas with the away goals tiebreaker, but the Sounders tied the game and took back the series lead when Chad Marshall headed in Marco Pappa's corner in the 90th.

Less than a minute later, Walker Zimmerman made it 2-1 for FC Dallas with a turnaround header which forced the two 15-minute, extra-time periods.

November 9, 2015

Drummond Leads Pistons To Comeback 120-103 Win Over Blazers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Andre Drummond had 29 points and 27 rebounds, Reggie Jackson scored a career-high 40 points and the Detroit Pistons rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-103 on Sunday night.

Jackson had 26 points in the fourth quarter alone and the Pistons outscored the Blazers 41-11 in the final period.

It was the Pistons' first win in Portland since 2007 and snapped a six-game overall losing streak to the Blazers.

Damian Lillard had 26 points and 11 rebounds and the Blazers' modest three-game winning streak was snapped. C.J. McCollum added 18 points.

The Blazers led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, but Detroit's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer that closed the gap to 98-92 with 7:18 left.

Drummond's layup pulled the Pistons within 98-96 and Jackson's floater with 5:21 left tied it at 98. Jackson hit another to put the Piston's in front with 4:46 left, and they never trailed again.

November 9, 2015