Texas Rangers: Kirk Gibson

Ron Washington finishes third in voting

November, 16, 2011
11/16/11
1:52
PM CT
To no suprise, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon ran away with the American League Manager of the Year award announced Wednesday.

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington finished third in the voting. Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland finished second. Washington's club beat the Rays in the AL division series and then the Tigers to capture their second consecutive AL pennant. Washington got one first-place vote, seven seconds and five thirds.

Maddon, who received 26 first-place votes and one second, oversaw the the Rays remarkable rally from a nine-game deficit in the wild-card standings on Sept. 3 to squeeze past the Boston Red Sox on the final game of the regular season. It was the low-payroll Rays’ third playoff appearance in four seasons.

Kirk Gibson, the rookie manager who led the Arizona Diamondbacks to the National League West title won the award in the other league.

Here's the final tally (first-place votes-second-third-total)as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America:

American League
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays (26-1-0--133)
Jim Leyland, Detroit Tigers (1-13-10--54)
Ron Washington, Texas Rangers (1-7-5--31)
Manny Acta, Cleveland Indians (0-3-7--16)
Joe Girardi, New York Yankees (0-3-5--14)
Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles Angels (0-1-1--4)

National League
Kirk Gibson, Arizona Diamondbacks (28-4-0--152)
Ron Roenicke, Milwaukee Brewers (3-25-2--92)
Tony La Russa, St. Louis Cardinals (1-2-13--24)
Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia Phillies (0-1-7--10)
Fredi Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves (0-0-4--4)
Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants (0-0-2--2)
Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates (0-0-2--2)
Terry Collins, New York Mets (0-0-1--1)
Don Mattingly, L.A. Dodgers (0-0-1--1)

Ron Washington in the mix for AL honor

November, 16, 2011
11/16/11
8:11
AM CT
Quick, who won last year's Manager of the Year awards?

Exactly. Not the most interesting of the postseason awards. But here's a quick preview of the award that usually goes to the manager whose team surprised the most.

American League

Joe Maddon, Rays: The odds-on favorite to win his second award, following Tampa Bay's miracle playoff run in September. Positives: Kept team positive after 0-6 start, Evan Longoria's April injury and Manny Ramirez's drug test/retirement; overcame two shortstops who hit under .200; mixed and matched guys like Ben Zobrist, Matt Joyce and Sean Rodriguez for maximum producitivity; rebuilt bullpen thrived; sent up Dan Johnson to pinch-hit in the ninth inning of game No. 162. Negatives: Was that a mullet?

Ron Washington, Rangers: Remember, postseason performance doesn't come into play. Positives: Moved Alexi Ogando to the rotation; got a big year out of Michael Young by moving him around the DH role and the infield; let Mike Napoli eventually take over as the regular catcher. Negatives: Remember, postseason performance doesn't come into play.

Jim Leyland, Tigers: A two-time winner with the Pirates and once with the Tigers, Leyland could be the first manager to win the award four times (the award began in 1983). Positives: Gave the ball to Justin Verlander and stayed out of the way. Negatives: Poor lineup construction.

Manny Acta, Indians: The Indians ended up at 80-82, but it was a positive season as they remained in the playoff race much of the season. Positives: Hung in there despite injuries to Grady Sizemore and Shin-Soo Choo; worked in young players like Jason Kipnis and Lonnie Chisenhall; adeptly handled no-name bullpen to a nice season. Negatives: Couldn't straighten out Fausto Carmona; stuck with Orlando Cabrera way too long in No. 2 hole.

SweetSpot network voting
Joe Maddon: 114 points (21 first-place votes)
Jim Leyland: 32 points
Ron Washington: 28 points (1)
Manny Acta: 20 points (1)
Joe Girardi: 20 points (1)
Terry Francona: 1 point
Mike Scioscia: 1 point

My ballot
1. Joe Maddon
2. Manny Acta
3. Ron Washington

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Martin Perez
WINS ERA SO IP
3 1.86 20 29
OTHER LEADERS
BAL. Martin .315
HRR. Chirinos 2
RBIL. Martin 9
RE. Andrus 11
OPSS. Choo .827
ERAY. Darvish 0.82
SOY. Darvish 23