Sanchez: Moises Alou, Manny Acta meet again, this time as GMs

From Jesse Sanchez at on January 22, 2016:

Two young, eager Dominican ballplayers, Moises Alou and Manny Acta, met for the first time almost 30 years ago on a back field in Florida.

Alou, then 20, was a hot prospect in the Pirates’ organization, and the son of Dominican Republic legend Felipe Alou and nephew of Felipe’s iconic brothers Matty and Jesus. At 18, Acta was a fringy prospect getting his first taste of professional baseball with the Astros during extended spring camp.

Their paths converged on the diamond a few times during the summer of 1987, but their careers would go in different directions. Three years later, in 1990, Alou was in the big leagues with the Pirates at age 23. He played in his first of six All-Star Games four years later and won a World Series with the Marlins in 1997. By 1991, Acta was in Major League Baseball’s scouting school and on the cusp of launching a decade-long coaching and managing career in the Minors with the Astros that would pave the way for big league coaching jobs and eventually managerial jobs with the Nationals and the Indians.

This week, the old friends — now known for their work away from the field — meet again.

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Originally published: January 25, 2016. Last Updated: January 25, 2016.