Edinson Volquez named AL and NL Manager of the Year

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Just kidding. Your Managers of the Year are Joe Maddon and Lou Piniella. Considering how utterly poor a job Piniella did with the Cubs in October, I’m amused by this award. Perhaps Major League Baseball should consider handing out the hardware earlier in the fall. It’s not like the Hot Stove League is wanting for news. Anyway, it looks like the voters managed to pick only managers this time around as well with Dale Sveum, whose team went 7-5 in the 12 games he managed, pulling down a third-place vote.

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  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

    Can’t we just hand this thing over to Jeff Sagarin’s computer already?

  • Bruno

    When are FA’s allowed to sign/negotiate? Friday?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      That’s the day.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

      At the stroke of midnight, Friday morning.

      • Andy In Sunny Daytona

        Eastern or Western time zone?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

          If we fly Cashman to London, can he start calling player’s agents at 7PM EST / 4PM WST?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

            Sorry, PST… DAMNIT, STUPID, STUPID!!!

            • Andy In Sunny Daytona

              Were you making fun of me too, you snarky bastard?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

          Since when does anyone care about west coast sports?

  • Miles Roche

    Ha Haaaaaaaaaa!
    You’re freaking hilarious, Ben!

  • Adam

    i would like to formally nominate this as a top 10 RAB headline of the year.

    • Adam

      other nominees include these Mike A. gems:

      Game 141: Good thing Seattle’s known for its coffee
      Game 131: We do not support teams that use child labor
      Game 109: It’s spelled S-H-A-W-N, stupid!
      Game 95: What do Brett Gardner and Clay Buchholz have in common?

      • Bruno

        Game 95 wins!

        • Joey

          Game 131 is the best

  • Tim

    Hey let’s not underrate Dale Sveum, those Brewers could have easily gone 6 – 6 over the same stretch.

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      Yeah, but I actually think they should have finished 8-4, so to me, he underperformed.

  • jsbrendog

    i hate baseball writers. I could do a better job. and i would’ve too if i didn’t get shot down for that beat writer job mlb.com put out awhile ago. bastards.

  • E-ROC

    Wow, no Charlie Manuel love?

    • Bill N.

      I’m with you on that. Doesn’t even make sense that Manuel didn’t even factor in the running.
      All this tells me is that most baseball writers do about as much research as Joe Buck.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.
        • E-ROC

          Yeah, but he should’ve won. I didn’t state that clearly though.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

        But that’s the Phillies’ Charlie and not the Mets’ Jerry Manuel.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

      Charlie Manuel doesn’t (or didn’t) frequently go ape-shit nuts and kick dirt on umpires and throw bases into the outfield, nor did he ever make a bet to dye his hair blue.

      Therefore,

      Lou Pinella >>>>>>>>>>>>> Charlie Manuel.

      Sincerely,
      The BBWAA

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

    Frankly (and I wish I was kidding but I’m not), I’m a little shocked Joe Torre didn’t win.

    • Mike Pop

      Im shocked Francona didnt

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

        I’m shocked Jason Varitek didn’t win AL Manager of the Year.

  • Manimal

    Pinella didn’t win it, There was just no other candidates. Torre had a bad record and both the Mets and Brewers had managerial changes last year. Maybe Charlie Manual but Pinella is just a better manager.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Mr. Snarky Irrelevant Non Sequitur Jones

    Reasons #843,261 and #843,262 that Michael Kay is an idiot:

    1) He claims that teams, such as the Mets, shouldn’t acquire Huston Street from the Rockies to be their closer, because he’s just not good enough of a pitcher to be an elite closer, as his stuff is slipping and he’s an injury risk who may already be breaking down. The reason he comes to these assertions, which are probably smart and true?

    Because Billy Beane traded him away, and Billy Beane (and this is a direct quote) “always knows what he’s doing”. Billy Beane (direct quote) “never makes mistakes”, so if Billy Beane thought Street was bad/expendable enough to trade away, clearly that means the guy isn’t good and other, non-super-smart GM’s not named Billy Beane should learn from his greatness.

    2) The Damaso Marte signing was smart, because they got him at 4M per year (3yr/12M) which is good, because contrast that below market rate with Kyle Farnsworth, who Kay said we signed for (direct quote) “six or seven million a year.”

    Hey pal, Farnsworth didn’t sign for 3/21, he signed for 3/15. Marte signed for 3/12. 1M per year difference, not 3M. Not nearly double.

    You’d think someone who works for YES and discusses these players, and their contracts, literally thousands of times a year, would know that. I know many of these contracts by heart, and I don’t get paid to talk about them for 4 hours a night 5 days a week plus 162 games a year.

    • Steve

      “July 5, 2002: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Detroit Tigers to the New York Yankees. The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later, Carlos Pena, and Franklyn German to the Detroit Tigers. The New York Yankees sent Ted Lilly, John-Ford Griffin, and Jason Arnold (minors) to the Oakland Athletics. The Detroit Tigers sent cash to the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics sent Jeremy Bonderman (August 22, 2002) to the Detroit Tigers to complete the trade. ”

      Hey Billy, howz yer ass after that one?

      • http://www.ilikemygirls.com Billy Beane

        sore.