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SB Nation Awards: Manager of the Year

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Here's the Manager of the Year voting. Again, it's five points for a first-place vote, three for second, and one for third.

National League 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Bob Melvin 10 5 2 67
Charlie Manuel 3 5 4 34
Clint Hurdle 3 3 3 27
Lou Piniella 3 2 3 24
Manny Acta 1 2 3 14
Bud Black - 3 2 11
Bobby Cox 1 - 1 6
Ned Yost - 1 1 4
Tony LaRussa - - 1 1
Bruce Bochy - - 1 1
American League 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Eric Wedge 16 3 - 89
Joe Torre 1 7 3 29
Mike Scioscia 2 4 6 28
Mike Hargrove - 1 4 8
Terry Francona - 1 3 6
Ozzie Guillen - 1 1 4
John McLaren - 1 - 3
Buddy Bell - 1 - 3
Sam Perlozzo - - 1 1
Ron Washington - - 1 1

Well, who knows about this one. I picked Melvin-Manuel-Cox. It didn't occur to me to vote for Acta since the Nationals were so bad, but they could have been a whole lot worse, and he probably deserved my consideration.

The idea of voting on a Manager of the Year is pretty dubious, since there's really no way to know very much about a manager unless you watch him manage 25 games or so. So most people vote for guys who managed teams they think overachieved, even when a team's unexpected good performance had nothing to do with the manager. The number of votes for Ned Yost is a case in point - the Brewers had their first winning season in over a decade, but ultimately the wheels came off, and a lot of people who actually watch the Brewers think that's partly Ned Yost's fault.

I'm not calling out my colleagues for voting for Yost, just illustrating a point. Melvin and Manuel could be bad managers too, for all I know. As for Cox, I voted for him because of his past. It seems absurd to think he's no longer a great manager just because he doesn't have the talent he used to.

Shockingly, no one voted for Jim Tracy.