Jesse Sanchez (MLB) has a nice summary out on the current Manager of The Year race in the AL. With Mike Scioscia atop Sanchez’s list, he later offers Joe Girardi as a “dark horse” for the honor. Here’s what Sanchez had to say about Girardi.
The manager of the best team with the highest payroll in baseball is not often a favorite for the award, but Girardi should be given credit for molding his star-studded roster into a team and keeping his club focused despite the early-season distractions surrounding A-Rod. The Yankees are winning and having fun, which will bode well for Girardi heading into the postseason.
The one statement that stands out to me in this brief blurb is that “Girardi should be given credit for molding his star-studded roster into a team and keeping his club focused despite the early-season distractions surrounding A-Rod.” Now, in terms of “molding his star-studded roster into a team,” maybe I’m off base here, but I would actually thank Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner for that. By bringing in CC Sabathia, Nick Swisher, Mark Teixeira, and A.J. Burnett, the team chemistry has truly come together. Having the right personalities in the clubhouse is what turned this “star-studded roster into a team,” right? I don’t think you can really thank Girardi for that (he has definitely contributed, but it’s not all on him).
Also, in regards to the notion that Girardi kept “his club focused despite the early-season distractions surrounding A-Rod,” I don’t think that’s true either. What kept the club focused was that, immediately after confirming he had used steroids, A-Rod needed surgery on his hip, therefore, he wasn’t around for the first 5 weeks of the season when questions pertaining to his steroid use would have been the most fervent. A-Rod wasn’t there to distract anyone, so, of course, the team wouldn’t have to deal with it as much they would have, had he been there from the beginning. Maybe if Girardi and the Yankees had an exceptional stretch in April I would say that Girardi deserves credit for “keeping his club focused,” but they were 12-10 that month.
Now, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things Joe Girardi does well, I just don’t see any of them in this simple blurb. What do you think? Should Girardi be given this much credit for these aspects of the ballclub?
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