No Love for Ron Gardenhire

Posted: 19th November 2009 by Doug Gausepohl in MLB
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Voting for the AL and NL Managers of the Year might be one of the toughest categories in baseball to fill out a ballot for.á Not neccesarily because of overwhelming competition, but because no one's exactly sure how to vote. Do you vote for the manager who led a juggernaut team, such as Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees?á Or do you vote for the manager who led a less talented roster to over-achievement, such as Don Wakamatsu of the Seattle Mariners? When casting my own ballot (that doesn't count anyway), I look at the teams that in my opinion overachieved, and ask myself, "If they had a different manager, would the outcome have been any different?" Which is how I came up with Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins as my AL Manager of the Year. We're talking about leading a team that w ...

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