With the postseason stuck in that lull between the Division Series and the League Championship Series, we here at Walkoff Walk thought it would be a good time to assault our readers' eyes and brains with some award posts. We proudly present The First Annual Walkoff Walk Dot Com Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Excellence sponsored in part by nobody because we don't get paid a damn thing to do this website. It's a labor of love.
For the NL and AL Managers of the Year, Camp Tiger Claw made such good choices that I've decided to reward him with his own post on the subject. Also, two posts on this topic would have been Boringtown, USA. He spent minutes and minutes researching stats and whatnot to make these important decisions. Please consider his opinions and then feel free to express your own in the comment section.
AL Manager Of The Year
Maddon turned the Bad News Bears into the Beasts of the East. He did it all with a cosmopolitan flair that hasn't been seen in sports since Elvis Costello divorced a wife a few miles from a soccer stadium.
Terry Francona dealt with an assload of injuries and the Manny debacle and got into the playoffs. Again. Ozzie Guillen didn't get fired.
NL Manager Of The Year
Forget what you know about the playoffs. These are regular season awards. The Cubs cruised like no one else in baseball. With a patchwork rotation and an oft injured star outfielder. Grumpy done good.
Charlie Manuel managed to temper expectations during a terrible start and do all if it without ever speaking English. Joe Torre asked Hank Steinbrenner how his ass taste, and actually decided to win the NL West over those lousy last two months.