Manager of the Year
*Jim Tracy, Colorado – There wasn’t a better manager during the season’s second half, and the Rocks nearly overcame a 15-game deficit to win the division against the Dodgers in the West.
Joe Torre, Los Angeles – A division title despite the Manny debacle and the rash of injuries, especially felt on the pitching staff. Classic Torre all the way.
Tony LaRussa, St. Louis – Kept a Mod Podge group in contention until the trade deadline. It was all beautiful baseball from there, until the postseason, of course!
*Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles – With sky-high expectations Scioscia delivered a 97-win season and division title. The tragic death of Nick Adenhart would have ended the season early had it not been for the skipper’s leadership.
Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota – The Twins had no business winning the Central, especially after the loss of Justin Morneau. The fight and determination to catch Detroit can’t be ignored, either.
Ron Washington, Texas – The Rangers are division champs had they played in the AL Central. Instead, they competed with the Halos until the final month of the season. Washington may not win the hardware, but he’s earned another year at the helm in Texas.