Who ya got as of today?
Who ya got as of today?
Last edited by Reds; 08-21-2010 at 07:04 PM.
Ron "cocaine" washington
I threw Francona in there as an AL choice because I felt like he deserved mention. I also really think Cito Gaston has done a tremendous job in the AL.
Dusty, while Bud Black is a very close second.
Perhaps I'm a little biased since he is the manager of the team I get to watch every night, but the turnaround that the Reds have had this year with a very similar roster to that of last year's is truly remarkable IMO. I mean the biggest offseason aqquistion was Jonny Gomes.
At this point Bud Black is the leader, and if it was voted on today I have no doubt he would win it.
I went with Baker out of simple bias. Black probably deserves it more.
They are the only two legitimate choices IMO.
I hate the Cardinals. I hate the Cubs.
Let's. Go. Reds.
"Per Aspera Ad Astra"
NL Manager of the Year: Bud Black. No one expected San Diego to be leading the West.
AL Manager of the Year: Cito Gaston or Ron Washington. The Blue Jays have competed this year, when no one thought they would and most people expected the Rangers to be good, but not this good.
It's Bud Black and he should be leading by a lot more. The Reds actually had expectations coming into the year. The only thing the Padres were thinking about was who they were going to get for Adrain Gonzales.
I think in the American League you could give it to Ron Gardenhire every year and not be too far off.
Would voters give it to Bobby Cox since it's his final season?
Screw it, it's a homer vote and it's kind of a surprising one since I wasn't overly thrilled when he was hired and still don't like everything he does... but I'm voting Dusty.
I completely understand the Bud Black votes for the reasons mentioned. But I'm not sure how much he has to do with their success. It could be he has a great deal to do with it. But he also has the luxury of what I'd have to imagine is the best bullpen in baseball, and also good starting pitching (particularly Latos and Garland) and getting to do it mostly in pitcher's parks.
Then again, he might be doing something, because as far as their lineup goes, it really is pretty much Adrian Gonzalez and a bunch of nobodies. Gonzalez was OPS'ing at .903, and the next highest OPS was actually our friend Chris Denorfia at .831. Of course, guys like Tejeda and Ludwick will and do help, but they obviously were on other teams for most of the year.
I'm just not privy to what Bud Black does or doesn't do for San Diego. I have some idea of what Dusty does for Cincinnati, although I think a guy like Scott Rolen does a lot of the same kind of thing.