Manuel Finishes Fifth for Manager of the Year
Charlie Manuel finished fifth in National League Manager of the Year voting.
The Phillies finished with the best record in baseball (97-65) for the first time in franchise history. They also clinched their fourth-consecutive National League East championship to become just the third team in National League history to make four consecutive postseason appearances.
But Manuel had his challenges. The Phillies had 18 players on the disabled list in 2010, the most since they had 18 players on the DL in 2007. (The Phillies had just 23 players on the DL the previous two season combined.)
Padres manager Bud Black won Manager of the Year with 104 points. He edged Reds manager Dusty Baker, who finished with 103 points. Giants manager Bruce Bochy (30) and Braves manager Bobby Cox (28) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Manuel received one first-place vote, four second-place votes and three third-place votes.
He finished sixth in 2009, second in 2008, second in 2007, fifth in 2006 and sixth in 2005.
Ah, but fear not: The Rotary Club of Pittsburgh has announced Manuel the winner of its 4th Annual Chuck Tanner Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award. Manuel receives his award Saturday in Pittsburgh.
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