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Sherman: Joe Girardi is evasive, paranoid and edgy

Oct 5, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

Joel Sherman of the New York Post took a section of his Yankees scouting
report today to pass along some observations about Joe Girardi:

It is amazing how often scouts noted the look and body language of
Girardi. He
ended up being portrayed as something akin to a prisoner of war, going
gaunt and fidgety. He showed his dejection at bad moments much more
overtly than last year. In fact, after seemingly making some strides
last season in de-stressing his uptight persona, Girardi regressed to
the evasive, paranoid and edgy nature that marked his first year
managing the Yankees in 2008  . . Girardi tends to display his tension and short temper at the hottest moments.

Of course, why this is in a playoff preview is an open question, because none of those are observations* about how the guy runs his baseball team. How can you say anyone is “edgy, paranoid or evasive” based on the tactical decisions he makes or the lineup card he fills out? You can’t. All of those observations are things you can only get from talking to a person or, at the very least, watching him in a press conference.

In other words, Sherman has devoted a section of his “Scouting Report” of the Yankees’ playoff prospects to bashing Girardi because he hasn’t been as friendly and forthcoming with the media in 2010 as he was in 2009. Interesting choice, but pretty beside the point in a playoff preview, wouldn’t you agree?

*And these observations are attributed to “scouts.” Of course, reporters have been citing anonymous “scouts” to give them cover for their own opinions for years. Or, as would seem to be going on in this case, find a way to shoehorn a personal swipe at Girardi into a scouting piece.

(thanks to TYU for the heads up)

  1. minnesconsin_ad - Oct 5, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    AND he has bad teeth. he should probably just be fired, right Mr. Sherman?

  2. The Common Man - Oct 5, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Gosh, I wonder why he might be paranoid. Seems like everyone’s out to get him.

  3. Simon DelMonte - Oct 5, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    No, just the press.

  4. MK - Oct 5, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Silly me, I thought scouts were paid to analyze talent on the baseball field. Apparently they’re psychologists, trained in the intricacies of body language interpretation, as well.
    What’s next for those boundless baseball scouts? Construction engineering? Nanotechnology? Nuclear physics?

  5. The Ol Goaler - Oct 5, 2010 at 6:09 PM

    Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you…

  6. Old Gator - Oct 5, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Oh for Buddha’s sake. It’s the New York Pestilence, man. That’s the sports section equivalent of The Weekly World News, if not The Journal of Irreproducible Results. Ignore it. If it wasn’t complete bullshit, they wouldn’t have printed it.

  7. mcsnide - Oct 5, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    evasive, paranoid, and edgy
    Maybe it’s just an act. Is Case Affleck following him around with a camera?

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