NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Just read Phil Rogers’ midseason baseball awards and didn’t have too many qualms with his selections. Until I got to the end of the column and saw that he had picked Jerry Manuel for the NL Manager of the Year.
“This is a premature call, but you’ve got to be impressed with the 17-9 record since Manuel replaced Willie Randolph on June 17. He has enabled an uptight clubhouse to relax and is riding a 10-game winning streak after Thursday’s victory in Cincinnati.”
Maybe he meant Manager of the Month. Because MOY is definitely premature. It’s all good times and wedding cake when you replace a manager with a losing record. Let’s see Manuel in New York in late-August and September before he’s anointed as the best skipper in the NL.
As for me, I don’t see how you can choose anyone other than Lou Piniella or Tony La Russa. Piniella has had the Cubs in 1st place for most of the 1st half. And La Russa has led his Cards from pillar to post into one one of the great stories of 2008.
[tags]Cubs, Cardinals, Lou Piniella, Tony La Russa, Mets, Jerry Manuel[/tags]