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By all accounts, Manny Acta is a pretty even keeled guy. Rarely does he gets his feathers ruffled during a game. Some people would say he was to calm. He had no fire.
That is where my old boss comes in. I worked for a guy that managed his life under the premise that everyone is out to screw you, therefore you have to make them think twice before messing with you.
This guy yelled and screamed and threw a wide variety of objects so often that he was a cross between Gordon Ramsey and Eric Cartman on a daily basis. His main complaint with me was that I didn't yell at people. "Yelling garners respect!" he would scream until he was red faced and on the verge of hyperventilating. I will tell you, he did have people quivering in front of him. I witnessed him tear seasoned salesmen into little shreds coated in tears of shame.
I don't really know if people hopped around like mad jumping beans for him because he yelled or because he was the owner and was known for firing people at a whim.
I can't blame the entire collapse of the Indians on Manny Acta. Yes, he needed to be more vocal at times to show the team that he was behind them. But, I don't know what went on behind the scenes, other than I don't think he ever took a bat to the urinals and bust them into smithereens. The big question is would that have motivated the team? Does the Tribe need a fireball as a manager? Is Sandy any more energetic than Manny?
You can't solely blame Manny for the teams meteoric crash to earth. I think the players have just as much of a role. And please, don't get me started on the disruption known as Chris Perez.
Someone had to take the fall for the Indians' failure this year, and that is Manny. Is it fair? Is it the right move?
In the immortal words of every Cleveland sports fan...I'll be waiting for next year.