Marc Malusis and Jonas Schwartz, on SNY’s Geico SportsNite, discuss the questions. Here’s the video:
What do you think?
I think that’s just Girardi being Girardi. Was he “tight” when he laid into Loria?
As for Hank, I’d say he’s probably thin-skinned. Could explain why he’s so vocal.
I think there’s something to be said that Torre’s “calming influence” helped the team through adversity and that Girardi’s uptight, intense demeanor does nothing to help a team that has struggled. Or put a different way, if you put any stock into the Torre Calming Influence effect, is there any reason to believe that “General Joe’s” intensity has a positive effect?
Girardi was supposed to run a tougher camp, get people into better shape, and minimize the injuries. Didn’t happen that way.
Girardi was supposed to have a better grasp of strategy and have the team utilize bunts/SBs/Hit and runs. I don’t see it very often, if at all.
I’m not saying that Girardi could have/should have prevented any of the injuries but I will say that I’ve seen nothing of what Steve called (paraphrasing) the “Billy Martin in-game managing” skills.
I saw this last night and this was a joke. Girardi isn’t pitching or hitting for these overpaid struggling millionaires. Once was, Torre is an Art Howe type of manager according to Todd Ziele. Both guys are mellow and wait for something to happen rather than be proactive. The team performed better because of the players doing better not because of Torre snoozing in the dugout drinking green tea.
Also, Girardi doesn’t have the pieces to play “smallball” , most of his lineup could be 3 or 4 hitters on other teams. His leadoff hitter can’t even get a bunt right. Is Girardi perfect? No, but it’s his second year of managing so there is still a learning curve involved.
With regard to injuries, how can a manager prevent that? Since the Yanks just played the Jays, Gibbons and Cito couldn’t stop Rolen, MacGowan,Wells or Hill going down because things happen. So I disagree with that line of logic of Girardi being able to stop injuries. What can he do give someone on the DL a back massage to make the injured player feel better?!
Also, Girardi doesn’t have the pieces to play “smallball” , most of his lineup could be 3 or 4 hitters on other teams.
Most of his lineup? I’m gonna have to call BS on this one.
And “small ball” is overrated.
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