Friday, November 27, 2015

Dis-ing Charlie Manuel

Hard to believe Charlie Manuel does not yet have a MOY award to his name.

Dis-ing Charlie Manuel

(Gene J. Puskar/AP file photo)
(Gene J. Puskar/AP file photo)

In eight complete seasons of managing in the major leagues, Charlie Manuel's teams have never won less than 85 games. His teams have finished first five times and second each of the three times they did not finish first.

Yet, he has never won a Manager of the Year Award (he was a distant second twice), and he probably won't again this year if Clint Hurdle keeps the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates at or near the topof the NL Central well into September.

Here are Manuel's teams' records and his finish in the MOY voting for each of his eight full seasons:

INDIANS  W-  L     Pos.    Pos. Pts. 1st Winner, Team (Pts., 1st)
2000 90-72 2nd 0 0 Jerry Manuel, White Sox (134, 25)
2001 91-71 1st 6th 1 0 Lou Piniella, Mariners (128, 22)
2005 88-74 2nd 6th 5 0 Bobby Cox, Atlanta (152,28)
2006 85-77 2nd 5th 9 0 Joe Girardi, Marlins (111, 18)
2007 89-73 1st 2nd 76 7 Bob Mevlin, D'backs (119, 19)
2008 92-70 1st 2nd 67 8 Lou Piniella, Cubs (103, 15)
2009 93-69 1st 6th 10 0 Jim Tracy, Rockies (151, 29)
2010 97-65 1st 5th 20 1 Bud Black, Padres (104, 16)

Note: Manuel was let go by the Indians after 86 games (39-47) in 2002.

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