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Gibson, Maddon named top managers

Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:02 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 5:10 pm
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By C. Trent Rosecrans

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and Rays manager Joe Maddon overwhelmingly won the Manager of the Year award in the National League and American League, respectively, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced on Wednesday.

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Gibson, who took over as the Diamondbacks skipper during the 2010 season, received 28 of 32 first-place votes after he guided Arizona to a 94-68 record and the National League West title. Arizona lost their National League division series to the Brewers in five games. First-year Brewers manager Ron Roenicke received three first-place votes, with former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa receiving the other first-place vote. Roenicke finished second and La Russa third.

Maddon, in his sixth season with the Rays, received 26 of 28 first-place votes after leading the Rays to a 91-71 record and the American League wild card. The Rays trailed the Red Sox by 9 1/2 games on Sept. 2, before the team went 16-8 over their last 24 games, including winning their last five games to slip into the playoffs over the collapsing Red Sox. It is the second time Maddon has won the award, also winning in 2008. Detroit's Jim Leyland and Texas' Ron Washington received the other first-place votes, with Leyland finishing second and Washington third.

Voting for the award is done after the regular season and before the playoffs begin. 

Both managers won the award in the time-honored tradition of exceeding expectations. Although the Rays won the AL East in 2010, the team lost Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Matt Garza and nearly the team's entire bullpen from its 2010 team. 

Gibson's Diamondbacks were an afterthought in the NL West after losing 97 games in 2010. However, Arizona took the NL West lead on Aug. 10 and left the defending champion Giants in the dust over the final two months of the season.

In the name of full disclosure, I was a voter for the National League Manager of the Year and was one of the 28 voters to put Gibson atop my ballot. I put La Russa second and Roenicke third -- flip-flopping those two in the final week of the season after the Cardinals' remarkable run to the playoffs.  

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Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:32 pm

Gibson, Maddon named top managers

How can one look at a body of work which starts in pre-season
and culminates in a world series championship and not give TL the nod.  Every team deals with injury and adversity,
but from the get go, the Cards lose their Ace and have to deal with Pujols
contract distraction all year.  Add the injuries
to Freese, Holiday, a slumping Pujols, issues with Colby combined with no
solutions to short and second base - a pitching staff that has more holes in it
than bum's underdraws and somehow Tony gets a few pieces to a puzzle by trady
Ramus, and navigates though a minefield of (to put it mildly) atrocious play
for 85% of the season and then finishes with the most dramatic post season we
as fans have seen in years and he is 3rd in the voting?  Are you kidding me? No love.  Besides, Manager of the year honors are to meager
for TL.  He deserve Magician of the Year!

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:24 pm

Gibson, Maddon named top managers

What Gibby's done with the is nothing short of amazing and simply continues his status of "winner" wherever he goes and whatever he does.

Congratulations Kirk ... you can put this one on your trophy shelf along with that walk off homer (perhaps the greatest BB play ever) for the Dodgers.

Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:21 pm

Gibson, Maddon named top managers

Although many will say the Red Sox gave the wild card away, the fact remains the Rays still had to win to get in.  It's pretty amazing even after losing everything the Rays did after 2010, they came back and made the playoffs again.  Year after year with little money and fan support in the stands, the Rays coompete....congrats!

Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 2:15 pm

Gibson, Maddon named top managers

Don't forget that Trammell is in Gibson's dugout and together they learned from Sparky. It also helped that they both worked together for a few bad seasons in Detroit. Congrats to Kirk, it doesn't look like he will be coming home once Jimmy leaves town. Dang!!!

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