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Monday, September 26th, 2016

NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR

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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]

  • PB

    Sad to say, but I’d give the edge to LaRussa. How they’ve stayed competitive in that divison is simply amazing. FIRE MILLEN MANG!

  • dhaab

    TLR wins this one going away. Anyone in any city but Chicago will agree. While I really love Piniella, there’s NO WAY he deserves manager of the year this season. He’s got the most talent BY FAR in the NL, so basically he’s winning with a team that’s supposed to be winning. How many folks had this Cardinals team anywhere even close to first place in the middle of July?

    And why are you “sad to say” that La Russa wins the award, PB? Did Tony piss in your cornflakes or are you yet another in the long line of haters?

  • http://zonersports.com/ The Zoner

    I think he says ‘sad to say’ because TLR has been known to rub people the wrong way. Or he’s just a hater. Although being a Motor City Kitties fan, Leyland and La Russa have a long history from back in the White Sox days. How’s that for a coaching staff–TLR and Leyland. Not bad right?

  • PB

    It’s “sad to say” for many reasons. Zoner pretty much nailed them. Add to it the fact that TLR beat my boys in ’06. FIRE MILLEN MANG!

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