Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ron Gardenhire (FINALLY) American League Manager of the Year

Ron Gardenhire is accustomed to being in the winners bracket, racking up victories as the manager of the small-market Minnesota Twins, but he has finally won the long-eluded and well-deserved AL Manager of the Year Honors for 2010! Until this year, I have been embarrassed for the Baseball Writers' Association for passing up the chance of naming Gardenhire the AL Manager of the Year in previous seasons where Gardy has been runner-up five times.

Congratulations to Ron Gardenhire for the honor and to the Baseball Writers' Association for getting one right.

Ron Gardenhire Manager of the YearGardy, who is famous for his hot-headed explosions at incompetent umpiring crews, received 16 of a potential 28 first place votes, scoring him at 108 points. Texas' Ron Washington, who was not able to clinch a World Series this 2010 season, finished runner-up to Gardy with 81 points and 10 first-place votes. I would say the 20 point spread is a successful margin of victory. Nice work, I approve.

Something to think about... in the NL, San Diego's Bud Black scored in at 104 points with 16 of the 32 first-place votes. Now, I may not be a mathematician, but it looks to me like Gardy could have easily been named the MLB Manager of the Year; why stop at the AL when you've clearly scored higher in points and first-place votes than any other manager in the MLB?

P.S. New York's Joe Girardi received one third-place vote. Suck on that New York.

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