ok, I know we've talked a lot about this, especially recently, but I wanted to add in my thoughts about our manager Ken Macha.
First, I understand that Macha is the prototypical Billy Beane type manager: a quiet, softspoken manager who will do as Beane directs him. He rarely makes s decision without Beane's approval, and Beane wouldn't have it any other way. Art Howe was the same way...that's why he didn't do well in New York. Macha is what he is, and I'm not going to be mad at him for being what he was hired for.
OK, so what am I going to rant about? Macha's lack of in-game fire. If there are some BS calls in a game, Macha may calmly walk out, talk to the ump, and calmly walk back...nothing resolved. How is a team supposed to get fired up behind this? I wish, just once, that Macha would blow a gasket and get himself thrown out. A well times ejection can really fire up a team and spark them to victory. I like to say sometimes that Macha needs to pull a Lou. I'm not saying I wish Macha would be more like Lou Pinella all the time, but he does need some fire. He can stay the same subserviant, non-deciding manager he always has been, but it wouldn't kill him to get a little worked up sometimes!
On a team with no clear cut vocal leader, Macha can help spark his team from time to time with a little more fire.