As first mentioned yesterday, on the day after the regular season ended the ink-stained scribes here at Sports Blog Nation voted BBWA-style (even though they'll never let even established "internet writers" like Neyer in) for the major awards.
Without further fanfare, the latest proud winners are:
American League Manager of the Year: Jim Leyland
National League Manager of the Year: Joe Giradi
Its really fasincating to look at these ballots with the (supposedly valuable) information that the post-season provided. Here's the AL breakdown:
Umm no. That vote for Buddy Bell you see wasn't from me. The Bell vote is from Adam J. Morris at Lonestar Ball on the grounds that the Royals played well in the 2nd half and that no one else was a good third choice. I actually went Macha-Torre-Gardenhire which looks like an increasingly weird ballot. Everyone always thinks somebody's elses manager is ok, while their own is horrible, and I know many Twins/A's/Yankees fans who would laugh at that ballot.
Here's the NL breakdown:
Not much love for the newly crowned Tony LaRussa, who supposedly did "his best job managing ever" in 2006. Did anyone in the NL actually do a good job managing? I don't know what Willie Randolph does and did anyone else even win 90 games? And voting for Clint Hurdle isn't really fair, is it, since he had God on his side.
Hurdle, 48, who says he became a Christian three years ago, says of the team's devotion: "We're not going to hide it. We're not going to deny it. This is who we are."The Rockies lost six straight games after that story ran on June 1, falling to 27-30. Their overall record post-story was 49-62.
While praising their players, Rockies executives make clear they believe God has had a hand in the team's improvement.
"You look at things that have happened to us this year," O'Dowd says. "You look at some of the moves we made and didn't make. You look at some of the games we're winning. Those aren't just a coincidence. God has definitely had a hand in this."