I really think that Manager of the year for 2010 is going to be an interesting race. In the NL you have a host of candidates. Bud Black in San Diego, Dusty Baker in Cinncinnati, and of course, in his final season managing the Atlanta Braves, Bobby Cox. In the AL there is Terry Francona with the Red Sox, Joe Maddon with the Rays, Girardi with the Yanks and Ron Washington with the Rangers. I cant remember a MOY year with so many great candidates.
Black has done an impressive job getting the Padres from a laughing stock to a successful team, a team that has been doubted all year, a team that has yet to fall apart like many thought they would. Baker, in my opinion has always been a great manager. I think what the Cubs did to him was flat out ridiculous and to see him succeeding and taking it to the cubs like this is great to see. The Reds are young and very talented and Baker has done everything right to maximize their talent. Many thought they would fall apart as well, but down the stretch, here they are with a nice lead. Of course Cox is definitely a candidate. Cox has his team ready to go to the world series to give him a proper send off. I give it to cox more for the past and as a proper send off.
Francona has had to deal with an assortment of key injuries that no manager has faced in awhile. He has his team sort of contending in the best division in baseball. If they make the playoffs, he is easily the winner. Girardi has done his thing along with Maddon, they are only on the list because of their records. Ron washington has done a great job with the Rangers, as they are one of teh best teams in baseball. He has recieved a great deal of help from Nolan Ryan, but he has this team headed to the playoffs even amid the selling team. I give it to francona tho because of all the adversity he has faced and how successful his team has been without some of baseballs biggest names.
Manager of the Year
Posted on: August 23, 2010 12:49 am