Ron Gardenhire won the AL Manager of the Year Award pretty easily, a well-deserved accolade for a guy who just simply wins with whatever he’s given. In the NL, however, Bud Black edged out Dusty Baker by a single point. That’s crazy.
Voters list three managers on their ballots, with the first-place vote worth five points, second worth three and third worth one. I wonder if the voters think about the point tabulation or just consider the order of the names. Obviously, a first-place vote indicates who that writer thinks deserves the award. But how much thought goes into second vs. third place? I’m curious because had one of the two voters who listed Dusty Baker third decided to put him second, the award would belong to Cincinnati’s skipper.
As for the order of finish, it’s pretty much how I would’ve listed them:
And one last tidbit about Black: He becomes just the second former pitcher to win Manager of the Year, and he had a much longer Major League career (398 games) than Tommy Lasorda (26 games) did.