Where will Washington finish in AL manager voting?

November, 18, 2009
11/18/09
9:55
AM CT

Rangers manager Ron Washington certainly deserves some votes as AL Manager of the Year, which will be announced today.


There are several worthy candidates, including the Angels' Mike Scioscia, who guided his team through the Nick Adenhart tragedy and still managed to win the AL West and go to the playoffs, eventually losing to the Yankees.


But Washington also needs to be acknowledged. The Rangers stayed in contention almost until the end of the season and he led a very young team that grew up in a hurry. Sure, Washington made some in-game decisions that could be questioned. Every manager does. But the way he allowed the veterans to run the clubhouse helped make this team a very resilient one.


Others that should be considered: Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire, Seattle's Don Wakamatsu, Boston's Terry Francona. Does New York's Joe Girardi need to be considered too?


Where do you think Washington will end up?

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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