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October 16, 2002

Internet Baseball Awards

Managers of the Year

by Greg Spira

Welcome to the presentation of the first batch of results from the 11th Annual Internet Baseball Awards. Today we present the Manager of the Year winners.

First up, the National League. This year's NL Manager of the Year did not take his team to the playoffs, unlike most of the strong runners-up. But he did manage to keep his ragtag fleet of players in the hunt until the final weekend of the season. So, after a second place finish last year, Jim Tracy takes the prize in 2002 in perhaps the tightest Internet Baseball Awards race ever. Meanwhile, last year's winner, Larry Bowa, fell all the way to fourteenth place. Tony LaRussa, who was widely praised this year for leading his team to the NL Central title despite numerous injuries and several tragedies, finished a strong second. Bobby Cox, who many observers felt did his finest managing job to date by taking a Braves team with significant weaknesses to another easy NL East championship, also received substantial support and finished just behind LaRussa. Dusty Baker, who finished in third place last year, fell to a strong fourth place finish but was mentioned on more ballots than any manager but Tracy. Frank Robinson, who led the endangered Expos to a winning record, was the only other manager to receive significant support.

Name                    1    2    3       B       P
Jim Tracy             434  303  170     907    3249
Tony LaRussa          366  259  202     827    2809
Bobby Cox             300  315  240     855    2685
Dusty Baker           243  342  307     892    2548
Frank Robinson        108  173  188     469    1247
Bob Brenly             11   31   38      80     186
Bobby Valentine         5   11    6      22      64
Bruce Bochy             4    5   10      19      45
Bob Boone               0   10   13      23      43
Jimy Williams           1    7   11      19      37
Lloyd McClendon         2    6    5      13      33
Don Baylor              1    7    5      13      31
Bruce Kimm              0    7    1       8      22
Larry Bowa              2    1    7      10      20
Jeff Torborg            2    2    2       6      18
Jerry Royster           2    0    4       6      14
Buddy Bell              1    2    1       4      12
Clint Hurdle            0    1    8       9      11
TOTAL                1482 1482 1218    4182   13074

This year's AL Manager of the Year race, on the other hand, produced a runaway victor. Mike Scioscia easily captured this award by leading his Angels through a totally unexpected 99 win season. Art Howe repeated his 2001 second place finish by guiding the Athletics to 103 wins despite losing Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon and Jason Isringhausen to free agency. This was the fourth year in a row Howe has finished in the top three without winning the award. Ron Gardenhire earned third place by taking the seemingly contractable Twins to an easy AL Central title in his first year as a major league manager. Last year, Twins manager Tom Kelly also finished thiird. Last year's winner, Lou Piniella, finished a distant seventh as a result of the Mariners falling short of making the playoffs. 

Name                    1    2    3       B       P
Mike Scioscia         875  393  112    1380    5666
Art Howe              367  517  402    1286    3788
Ron Gardenhire        209  456  416    1081    2829
Joe Torre              34   63  174     271     533
Grady Little           12   25   44      81     179
Carlos Tosca            6   10   29      45      89
Lou Piniella            2   15   23      40      78
Tony Muser              5    3    5      13      39
Buck Martinez           3    6    6      15      39
Luis Pujols             2    5    6      13      31
Jerry Narron            3    2    7      12      28
Mike Hargrove           0    5   10      15      25
Tony Pena               1    4    7      12      24
Joel Skinner            0    5    7      12      22
Hal McRae               0    5    7      12      22
Phil Garner             0    4    3       7      15
Jerry Manuel            1    2    2       5      13
Charlie Manuel          1    1    0       2       8
TOTAL                1521 1521 1260    4302   13428

Tomorrow, the Rookies of the Year.

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