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November 15, 2006

Your 2006 MLB AL/NL Managers of the Year.:

posted by lilnemo to baseball at 03:28 PM - 15 comments

MOTY is officially the no-prize.

posted by lilnemo at 03:32 PM on November 15

Kind of a coincidence with Leyland's and Girardi's connections to the Marlins. Must be time for another fire sale.

posted by THX-1138 at 03:45 PM on November 15

Leyland wins that one hands down. I don't think any other AL manager came close. I find it ironic though that the Marlins obviously didn't think Girardi was the right man for the job. I hope he is able to find a manager position elsewhere because getting fired by a team that gave you almost nothing to work with doesn't seem like fair treatment at all.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 04:19 PM on November 15

Leyland deserves it, What about Larusa? He should have gotten some votes. Barely getting into the playoffs and running thru it.

posted by yachts360 at 04:36 PM on November 15

What about Larusa? He should have gotten some votes. Barely getting into the playoffs and running thru it. The awards are chosen before the playoffs begin, so "barely getting into the playoffs" is the only factor that mattered to the voters.

posted by grum@work at 04:47 PM on November 15

Girardi's situation has got to be one of the funniest thing's I've seen in awhile. Everyone knew he was a top candidate for MOTY and the Marlins still booted him. Does anyone know if another manager gotten kicked out the year he won MOTY? Operative words here are kicked out.

posted by timdawg at 05:06 PM on November 15

What about Buddy Bell?!!!!

posted by ChiefsSuperFan at 05:18 PM on November 15

Larussa didn't deserve it. All that the post season showed is that a mediocre national league manager can ride a teams coattails. Congratulatiions to Leyland.

posted by budman13 at 06:01 PM on November 15

Does anyone know if another manager gotten kicked out the year he won MOTY? Operative words here are kicked out. Ted Nolan got canned the off-season he won the coach of the year in the NHL in 1996-97.

posted by grum@work at 06:24 PM on November 15

Not to say that Leyland didn't deserve it, given the woes the Tigers have had over the last two decades, but Ron Gardenhire's name has to end up in this thread someplace. It baffles me that Terry Ryan won Executive of the Year when last offseason was one of his worst in recent memory (Tony Batista? Rondell White?). Gardenhire had to overcome no help from Ryan (White was a non-factor except for two weeks in August, and Batista was cut in May), deal with injuries to the starting staff (Radke, Liriano), kick Justin Morneau's butt when he was batting around .200 in April (after which he became a legit MVP candidate), and lead his hodge-podge baseball bunch back from a double-digit deficit for second place (let alone first) to make the playoffs and eventually win the AL Central as Leyland's team choked it away in the final week. Someone please give Gardy his due!

posted by TheQatarian at 06:50 PM on November 15

Yeahhh Leyland! No big suprise. But the front office has brought us Sheffield so what are the chances of a repeat? Of course I was miles off with my disgruntled fan reaction to Kenny Rogers. Maybe these guys do know something and my armchair antics are always misgivings ... naaawwww ... impossible, the fans are always correct.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 11:43 PM on November 15

I think these two were pretty much slam dunks, no? Girardi had a Marlins club that fielded up to 7 (!) rookies at a time in playoff contention for most of the season and Leyland's Tigers weren't expected to be a winning team, much less owners of one of the best records in baseball. No one is suggesting their the only good managers - but c'mon, guys - LaRussa? Gardenhire? Over these two? That doesn't make much sense.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 07:53 AM on November 16

Does anyone know if another manager gotten kicked out the year he won MOTY? From the linked article, in a box right on top: Joe Girardi is the third skipper to be named Manager of the Year and not return to his team the following season -- but just the second to be fired. Davey Johnson, who was fired by the Orioles in 1997, won the AL award.

posted by qbert72 at 08:40 AM on November 16

The manager of the year should be the winner of the World Series. No one has to vote on it, you just play on the field. We don't need two managers of the year. While Girardi seemed to do a good job, something seems to be wrong. He lost his job and no one has hired him yet!

posted by americanleague at 12:18 PM on November 16

Gardenhire did get some consideration, he got more votes than anyone not named Giradi or Leyland. He deserved it for the turnaround they pulled this season, but Leyland deserved it more. And LaRussa wasn't a good manager until the playoffs as the balloting showed by nobody voting for him. He didn't deserve votes after the almost worst collapse in history.

posted by boredom_08 at 01:52 PM on November 16

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