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If you mean ‘most intelligent,” then I would think Girardi or Showalter, but “best” might well be different.
Best and smartest don’t actually have to be the same thing. There are some smart guys that don’t end up being very good managers because they can’t control their own egos and end up getting in their own way (Bobby Valentine).
Smartest is probably Buck Showalter, at least by reputation. It’s been a long time since I observed him on a daily basis to know if that’s still the case.
Best is probably Tito Francona, only because he’s got a style I appreciate: neither too relaxed nor too fiery and, from 250 miles away, seems like he doesn’t take himself too seriously.
-We don’t know enough about Farrell for him to even be on the list;
-Maddon, like Valentine, is a self-important windbag; and
-Girardi has his good moments and his bad moments and, on a net basis, has been a touch worse at his job than I imagined heading into the ’08 season but he’s by no means a disaster either. I would’ve been fine with the Yankees not renewing his contract last year but I’m not terribly upset about him being back either. He’s a fine manager, nothing special.
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