Tag:2010 awards
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:27 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 11:05 am
 

MLB Facts & Rumors Managers of the Year

Ron Washington The major baseball awards will be announced next week, and the staff at MLB Facts and Rumors is making our choices this week. Today, David, Evan and Trent name their Manager of the Year selections. As with the BBWAA awards, a first-place vote is worth three points, second place two and third place one.

The outcome of the American League race is considered fairly clear, while the National League seems to have several possibilities. Manager of the year is always the toughest award to forecast, because voters value different things.

AMERICAN LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

David Andriesen

1. Ron Washington, TEX
2. Joe Maddon, TB
3. Ron Gardenhire, MIN

Washington was lucky to even have a job after testing positive for cocaine last year, but he rehabbed his reputation while making a good team great. Much of the credit for the team’s easy, confident vibe goes to him, and his players are very loyal to him. Maddon used a bunch of kids to best a team with three times the payroll, and Gardenhire won his sixth division title in nine years.

Evan Brunell
1. Terry Francona, BOS
2. Ron Washington, TEX
3. Joe Maddon, TB

Francona somehow kept Boston in contention up until the final week, an amazing success given the team was besieged by injuries so much it became almost comical each time there was an injury. Factor in Tampa Bay finishing with 96 wins, New York with 85 and Toronto with 85, and you appreciate how stiff the competition was.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1. Ron Gardenhire, MIN
2. Ron Washington, TEX
3. Joe Maddon, TB

I really believe Washington will win it, and it's hard to argue against it. Many were shocked he made it out of spring training after word of a failed drug test surfaced, and then Washington led his Rangers to their first-ever World Series. Washington's players love him and he was rewarded with a new contract and will also win the award, but my nod goes to Gardenhire. Yeah, it seems boring that the Twins win year after year, and Gardenhire has a big part in that. I'm one of those that believes 70 percent of managing is stuff other than in-game moves, and that's where all three of these excel.

Bud Black NATIONAL LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

David Andriesen
1. Bud Black, SD
2. Bobby Cox, ATL
3. Brad Mills, HOU

A lot of ways to go here, but Black and Cox both won with teams that shouldn’t have. The Padres fell short of the playoffs, but they won 90 games when a lot of people picked them to finish last. The Astros stumbled horribly out of the gate, but first-year skipper Mills guided them to a 59-53 record after June 1 even with Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman traded away.

Evan Brunell
1. Bobby Cox, ATL
2. Bud Black, SD
3. Dusty Baker, CIN

Cox did perhaps his finest managerial job in the offseason, taking a ragtag bunch of players and getting them into the postseason. San Francisco got a lot of credit in the playoffs as "outcasts" and "misfits" ... the Braves were the more misfit team.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1. Bud Black, SD
2. Dusty Baker, CIN
3. Bobby Cox, ATL

To be so close to the playoffs with only one legitimate hitter, Black deserves more than just a trophy. Will Venable was the only hitter on the Padres besides Adrian Gonzalez with 400 plate appearances and an OPS+ better than 100. Everyone expected the Padres to fade long before they ever did, and a lot of that to go to Black. Baker did a hell of a job in Cincinnati as well, and who wouldn't like to see Cox win it in his last year? But Black is the most deserving.

MLB Facts and Rumors AL Manager of the Year
Ron Washington takes this one in a rout, tallying eight points to four apiece for Maddon and Gardenhire. It'll be a surprise if he doesn't win the BBWAA award.

MLB Facts and Rumors NL Manager of the Year
Black gets the nod with eight points, as Cox finishes with six. It will be interesting to see whether a guy who didn't make the playoffs wins the real award, which is not common.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 8, 2010 2:56 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 5:22 pm
 

MLB Facts and Rumors votes on Rookie of the Year

Feliz With the major baseball awards being announced next week, MLB Facts and Rumors will reveal their choices this week for the awards. Today, Evan, David and Trent name their Rookie of the Year selections. At the end of the article, the overall MLB Facts and Rumors winner will be announced using a points system, with the No. 1 selection receiving three points, down to No. 3 receiving 1.

Both the AL and NL rookie of the year race is generally down to two favorites. The AL has Neftali Feliz, the Rangers' closer doing battle against center fielder Austin Jackson of the Tigers. In the National League, it was a banner year for rookies but the two top candidates are catcher Buster Posey of the World Champion Giants and right fielder Jason Heyward of the Braves.

AMERICAN LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

David Andriesen

1. CL Neftali Feliz, TEX
2. CF Austin Jackson, DET
3. SP Brian Matusz, BAL

Feliz saved 40 games, more than any rookie in history. Of course, rookie closers aren’t exactly commonplace, but that’s impressive. Jackson tailed off a bit late in the season but definitely stands above the other position players.

Evan Brunell
1. CF Austin Jackson, DET
2. CL Neftali Feliz, TEX
3. SP Brian Matusz, BAL

A 22-year-old saving 40 games for a division winner is no small feat. However, as impressive as his season was, I can't give his 269 total batters faced the nod over Jackson's 675 plate appearances of a .745 OPS and top-notch defense.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1. RP Neftali Feliz, TEX
2. SP Brian Matusz, BAL
3. OF Austin Jackson, DET

I wouldn't go far to say "obvious." I think Feliz has the most "obvious" talent, but the save stat -- especially in today's game -- is so overrated I hate for it to be a deciding factor. In fact, I think it's not so much "obviously" Feliz, as Feliz by default. Listen, I'll take Feliz long-term over any of the other AL rookies, but I'm not sure he was as dominant all season as we remember throughout the postseason. That said, I'm still going for Feliz, but by a nose over Matusz, who made 32 starts for the Orioles.

Heyward NATIONAL LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

David Andriesen
1. C Buster Posey, SFG
2. RF Jason Heyward, ATL
3. SP Jaime Garcia, STL

What an amazing field of candidates here – half a dozen guys have ROY numbers in a normal year. Posey and Heyward are 1 and 1A for me; I
know I’m not supposed to count postseason, but maybe it tainted my choice. Apologies to Gaby Sanchez, Tyler Colvin and Jonny Venters.

Evan Brunell
1. RF Jason Heyward, ATL
2. C Buster Posey, SF
3. SP Jamie Garcia, STL

If award voting didn't occur until after the postseason, Josh Beckett would have won the 2007 Cy Young Award over CC Sabathia. A similar situation arises today as Buster Posey is certainly the best rookie, postseason included. But the voting is for regular season only, so Jason Heyward rightfully takes the title. To me, the additional time played at a high level is too hard to ignore. Trent nails the Heyward-Posey debate below.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1. RF Jason Heyward, ATL
2. C Buster Posey, SF
3. SP Jaime Garcia, STL

As difficult as it was picking an AL Rookie of the Year, it's even more difficult to pick the National League's winner -- but for the complete opposite reason. This may be remembered as one of the greatest years for rookies in one league in a long, long time. I can't even imagine making the case for which player I would take long-term, Posey or Heyward. Hell, I'll take the second pick and be happy. But the deciding factor for me is something that was out of Posey's hands -- Heyward played 142 games as a rookie and went through the ups and downs. The book was out on him early, and he still played well. Posey finished with as many homers, but Heyward still had a better OPS+, which is impressive considering the number of at-bats. Now, if postseason stats were included, I may change my story, but they're not. Crazy that in the AL, or most other years, Garcia could be considered a shoo-in, but now he's an also-ran.

MLB Facts and Rumors AL Rookie of the Year
Neftali Feliz gets the nod with 8 points to Jackson's 5. Matusz finishes with 4.

MLB Facts and Rumors NL Rookie of the Year
Jason Heyward fends off Posey with 8 points to Posey's seven. Garcia finishes way behind with three.

-- Evan Brunell

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