Manuel Finishes Fifth for Manager of the Year

manuel smiles.jpgCharlie 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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11 Comments

Gold Glove and Manager of the Year awards are a joke. There’s no statistical frame of reference for either one, (in spite of something called “Runs Saved” – since when is that a statistic?) and it’s just a bunch of sportswriters voting for their best interview subjects.

They gave the NL MOY award to a guy whose team coughed up first place and didn’t even get a wild card berth. What is this, Little League where everybody gets a trophy?

March can’t get here soon enough.

Black, Baker, Bochy, Cox, Manuel and Mills one through five. Were they required to vote in (nearly) alphabetical order? That’s too funny.

What a crock of sh__. HOW CAN YOU NOT GIVE THE AWARD TO MANUEL. lOOK WHAT HE ACCOMPLISHED WITH MOST OF HIS FIRST STRING PLAYERS ON THE DISABLED LIST….. Why don’t you guys vote again and maybe you can give the clutch hitter award to Ryan Howard. A__holes……

What a crock of sh__. HOW CAN YOU NOT THE AWARD TO MANUEL. lOOK WHAT HE ACCOMPLISHED WITH MOST OF HIS FIRST STRING PLAYERS ON THE DISABLED LIST….. Why don’t you guys vote again and maybe you can give the clutch hitter award to Ryan Howard. A__holes……

What a crock of sh__. HOW CAN YOU NOT GIVE THE AWARD TO MANUEL. lOOK WHAT HE ACCOMPLISHED WITH MOST OF HIS FIRST STRING PLAYERS ON THE DISABLED LIST….. Why don’t you guys vote again and maybe you can give the clutch hitter award to Ryan Howard. A__holes……

Bud Black? Really? Ok, so I know no one expected the Padres to be as good as they were. But they choked at the end. I don’t know how that result gets a manager of the year award. I like Bud Black and all, but if he was that good, shouldn’t he have made the push into the playoffs?

Jenn
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So the one guy in the top 5 whose team melted down at the end and didn’t make the playoffs wins the award. Makes sense.

the votes were cast like a week or two before the season ended. at the time it seemed like Padres were going to playoffs, and they hadn’t coughed it up on the last day yet.

The Padre PLAYERS choked, NOT their manager. Bud Black is a great manager but even great managers can’t find a way to win if their whole team wilts under the pressure of September baseball.

Both Dusty and Bud were victims of their own success: young players playing at incredibly high levels for 5+ months who couldn’t do anything at the end.

What top free agent would trust Bochy to let them play through their slumps? Bochy is an “ends-justifies-the-means” manager, not a players’ manager. Fans love those kind of managers. The players themselves hate to be benched by them. It can ruin a clubhouse and cause desension on a team….IMO, the Giants will have to put their trust in the same thing that got them their 2010 WSC………….great pitching and lucky hitting by guys who they pick up mid-season that suddenly learn how to hit in September and October.

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