As the sole Oakland A’s blogger in the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I am required to submit a ballot for the BBA’s post-season awards. Today’s is for the Connie Mack Award for the Best Manager of the 2010 baeball season. Here are my choices:
1st Place: Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins. Since Gardenhire took the reins in Minnesota, the twins have one six out of nine division titles. Despite having fewer resources (read that money) than other teams they have beaten, he led the team to 94 wins. Only the Rays (96) and the Yankees (95) had more. And the team was without the services of Justin Morneau, the 2007 MVP, for the last half of the season, and Mauer was down for a while as well. The Twins went 47-21 without Morneau. That, and winning the AL Central Division, says a lot about Gardenhire’s ability to win without one of his best run producers. He get’s my nod.
2nd Place: Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers. The Rangers greatly exceeded expectations this year, and pretty much abled into first place inthe ALWestern Division with the huge lead they had built up early in the season. Like Gardenhire, Wash was without the services of Josh Hamilton for a significant part of the season, but he found a way to get his team to win. I would have put him in first place, if they Rangers hadn’t faltered coming down the stretch (.500 winning percentage in Aug and Sept). But they had such a huge lead that it didn’t matter.
3rd Place: Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays. [Under Construction.}