Manny Acta was let go from Cleveland following the 2012 season, when the Indians had an opportunity to jump at Terry Francona. (Elsa / Getty Images)
Detroit — With the Tigers and general manager Dave Dombrowski, silence is golden.
So when you see perceived “managerial candidates” going public with their desire to succeed Jim Leyland in Detroit, odds are they haven’t yet had serious discussions, or any discussions at all.
Unemployed managers always will be interested in manager employment opportunities.
Those who say “no comment,” instead, might be the ones to watch.
So it’s at least noteworthy Manny Acta had the following to say in an e-mail to The News today: “Thanks for reaching out to me. I really want to respect their process and those involved. As a result, I respectfully prefer not to comment at this time.
“If things change, I’d be glad to discuss.”
Acta, 44, managed from 2007-12 — three years with the Washington Nationals, followed by three with the Cleveland Indians. So he knows the American League Central landscape.
He was let go from Cleveland following the 2012 season, when the Indians had an opportunity to jump at Terry Francona.
Acta, now an analyst with ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight,” has never had a winning season, though his Indians teams often contended early before fading down the stretch. Upon his dismissal, though, there were rumblings about a disconnect between him and the players.
Still, his name has come up for openings this offseason, including for the Cubs job.
A native of the Dominican Republican, Acta is bilingual, which is believed to be a big plus for the Tigers job, given the clubhouse’s makeup. He’s also a highly regarded evaluator of talent.
There are four managerial openings: the Tigers, Cubs, Nationals and Seattle Mariners. And a fifth — given the uncertainty with Don Mattingly — is possible, in the Los Angeles Dodgers. Late Monday night, the Cincinnati Reds filled their opening, hiring pitching coach Bryan Price.