*Dusty Baker, Cincinnati – Baker shed his reputation as a verterans-first manager to guide a young and inexperienced club to an unexpected division championship.
Despite playing in a home ballpark conducive to hitting, Baker instead preached defense first and aggressive base running secondly. The Reds bought-in to capture its first winning season in ten years and its first trip to the postseason since 1995.
Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia – Manuel delivered his promise that his team “will be back” after losing the the World Series to New York.
Chuck marched the Phils back into contention in the season’s second half by masterfully handling a faulty bullpen and a roster depleted by costly injuries to key players.
Three straight division championships has won Manuel the respect of the home market that once mocked him and positioned Philly to become the the first NL team since St. Louis in 1942-44 to reach three straight World Series.
Bud Black, San Diego – No one predicted the Padres would win 90 games in 2010. But despite a new GM and zero significant additions over the offseason, Black led the Friars to within 2 games of the West division title.