The official announcement of today’s winners will be at 2 p.m. Until then, here are my thoughts and predictions. Feel free to chime in with your own.
AMERICAN LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
The favorite: Mike Scioscia, Angels
The contenders: Ron Gardenhire, Twins
The dark horse: Ron Washington, Rangers
The Yankee with a chance: Dave Miley (sadly, Chad isn’t voting)
Morning analysis: If on-field results were all that mattered than Joe Girardi would have a legitimate chance to win and his biggest competition would probably be from Gardenhire, who did a fantastic job to get his team into the postseason after playing April without Joe Mauer and the entire stretch run without Justin Morneau. Unfortunately for everyone, there are unimaginable circumstances surrounding this season’s award and it’s nearly impossible for anyone to know exactly what Scioscia had to do to help his team get through the grief that comes with losing a teammate after Nick Adenhart was killed on April 9.
The prediction: Say what you want about him, but this year more than ever Scioscia deserves it.
NATIONAL LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
The favorite: Jim Tracy, Rockies
The contenders: Tony La Russa, Cardinals; Charlie Manuel, Phillies
The dark horses: Fredi Gonzalez, Marlins; Bobby Cox, Braves
The (former) Yankee with a chance: Joe Torre, Dodgers
Morning analysis: I was particularly impressed with what Manuel did this season, mostly because he navigated his team all the way to the playoffs with a bullpen that was pretty much a disaster all year long. Gonzalez, too, did incredible things with a still-developing team in Florida and La Russa continued his general excellence (even if he is a know-it-all). All that said, you can’t ignore Tracy – going from bench coach to manager and then laughingstock to the wild card is the stuff of dreams. If he doesn’t win, it’s insane.
The prediction: It’s Tracy. Now if we could only get Mumbles to present the award to him …
The record: 2-for-3 (hit on Coghlan, Greinke; missed on Bailey)