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AL Manager of the Year

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by KevinmH9, Sep 4, 2009.

  1. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    Well, let's continue with the awards discussion...

    This one I'm really curious on how you'll all respond.

    Likely top canidates:

    Joe Girardi, New York Yankees
    Ron Washington, Texas Rangers
    Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
    Don Wakamatsu, Seattle Mariners (Ehhhh...)
    Jim Leyland, Detroit Tigers
  2. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    The list should begin and end with Mike Scioscia...name another first-place manager who had to start as many pitchers as he has.
  3. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Ron Washington, they love those who get up off the deck.
  4. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    The Angels overcame the early-season death of their top pitching prospect and have given those starts to 30-year-old rookie Matt Palmer (9-1) and 21-year-old Sean O'Sullivan (3-2).

    Their former MVP has missed about 50 games and yet, last month, all nine regulars were hitting over .300, which hadn't been done since 1934.

    The choice is obvious, BYH be damned.
  5. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    Trey Hillman in a landslide.
  6. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    Joe Mauer. His stats are that good.
  7. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Agreed. That doesn't even cover everything that the Angels had to overcome this season.

    The only reason Adenhart was even in the majors was because injuries had already hit the rotation hard. John Lackey opened the season on the DL and didn't make his first start until May 16. Kelvim Escobar ended up with one start for the season (though that was kind of predictable).

    The Angels also had to remodel the bullpen on the run when Scot Shields broke down and Jose Arredondo flopped. In addition to the time Vlad Guerrero missed, Torii Hunter was also out for over a month after carrying much of the load the first half of the season.

    If they hold on to win the AL West after all that, Scioscia deserves it.
  8. standman

    standman Member

    How many people had the Texas Rangers doing anything this season? The owner is trying to sell the team, they have one of the lower payrolls in all of baeball and they play in triple digit weather for most of the summer.
    They have only one player hitting over .300 and have had to get through a Josh Hamilton injury that caused him to miss most of the first half. The Rangers have two rookies in the starting rotation and another seeing significant time out of the bullpen. Still, they are solid contenders in the A.L. West pennant race and in the wild card.
    And they are 7-2 vs Boston, a respectable 4-5 against the Yankees and 9-3 against the Angels.
  9. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    Washington was my pick when we had an awards thread in July. He wouldn't be a bad choice, either. Maybe it should go to the manager of the AL West winner since both teams have had their share of adversity.
  10. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    You be damned too!!!!

    Hey I said last week I thought he should be the AL MOY. One can be hilariously overrated and still be the MOY.

    I can tell you who won't win it: Ron Gardenhire.
  11. budcrew08

    budcrew08 Active Member

    I think Washington gets it, even if the Rangers don't win the wild card.
  12. Gues#t

    Gues#t Guest

    Interesting that there are three AL West managers in there. So, if you accept the list--any chance the western vote is split and Girardi heads out the backdoor with the cheese?
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