Thom Loverro: Acting up really isn’t much help
Consider the performance so far of Mr. Intensity, Joe Girardi, in his rookie year as the Yankees manager. Remember, Girardi, the guy who cursed out his boss and told him to shut up publicly during a game, was the darling of baseball fans for that style. He was named National League manager of the year in 2006 even though his Florida Marlins won just 78 games - just seven more than Frank Robinson did in Washington. He also was the guy many coveted to manage the Nationals.
That fact is that the Marlins, with four guys who hit more than 20 home runs that year and nine in double digits, had more talent that everyone realized, which is evident this season. They should have won 78 games. Anything less would have been underachieving - sort of like Girardi’s Yankees and their $207 million payroll are doing now with a 20-25 record going into last night’s game.
This isn’t football. Managing, like pitching, is a matter of control and command. If you can control yourself, you can command a presence among your players and in the game. Manny Acta has both.