The National League Manager of the Year Award winner will be announced Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET. The favorite appears to be the Rockies' Jim Tracy, but what about the Cardinals' Tony La Russa, who already owns a record four manager of the year awards, three in the AL, one in the NL? Or the Giants' Bruce Bochy, who won in 1996 as the Padres' manager?
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BRUCE BOCHY, SAN FRANCISCO
Bochy led the Giants to an 88-win season, a 16-game improvement over 2008. They also improved their run differential by 165 runs and finished four games behind Colorado for the NL wild card.
TONY LA RUSSA, ST. LOUIS
La Russa, third on the all-time wins list among managers, directed the Cardinals to their first NL Central title and 90-win season since 2006. St. Louis never trailed in the Central after July 31.
JIM TRACY, COLORADO
The Rockies were 18-28 when Tracy took over as manager on May 29, but he led them to a 74-42 record the rest of the way as they earned the NL wild card and their second playoff berth in three years.
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VOTING TOTALS: Tracy (18), Tony La Russa (2), Bruce Bochy (1)