The Washington Nationals fired manager Manny Acta late Sunday evening, according to this story on Nationals News Network has been able to confirm this story with independent baseball sources.

Reporter Enrique Rojas reported that the club dismissed its second field manager after speaking with Acta late Sunday.

"I thank the Nationals for giving me this opportunity and I'm sorry that things didn't work out as expected. It's normal for the manager to pay the price when the team is not doing well," Acta said in the ESPNDeportes article.

The article only speculated on Acta's replacement, naming bench coach Jim Riggleman as "the leading candidate."

The Nationals have the league's worst record at 26-61. In two and a half seasons, Washington is 158-252 in Acta's helm.

Obviously, we'll have much more in the morning, after the team makes a formal announcement.

ed. 2:08 a.m. --According to's Bill Ladson, Acta will be replaced by Riggleman.