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Baseball’s power of positive thinking

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Ever feel like a fighter who’s gone 10 rounds and realizes he’s still standing? That would describe Manny Acta, the Washington Nationals baseball team’s rookie manager.

The club suffered so many injuries this season—as of July, it had placed 10 pitchers and four position players on the disabled list—that nobody expected anything but disaster. And yet, the team didn’t tank.

His players credited Acta.

“Coming into the season, everyone was predicting we’d lose 100-and-something games or some stupid number,” said left fielder Ryan Church. “With all the unfortunate injuries we’ve had, he’s kept reinforcing things to us and letting us know that we are a good team, just to go out and keep playing hard.”

So they did, from relievers to minor-league call-ups and other unlikely characters. Together, they turned a potential fiasco to a pleasant surprise. The team’s not good, but it’s not terrible.

“We’re going in the right direction, and he’s the one that’s been there for us,” Church says of his boss. “He’s always been positive.”

Lesson: Don’t let low expectations infest your team. Believe in what can happen if they play hard.

— Adapted from “Acta’s Still Standing,” Derek Turner, Express.

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