Joe Maddon Didn’t Win Manager of the Year?
With the 2016 Major League Baseball season in the books the season now shifts to the awards for performance during the season. Awards like Rookie of the Year, Cy Young for best pitcher and Manager of the Year. Now there is an award that was presented last week that has me scratching my head. The American League Manager of the year went to Cleveland Indian Manager Terry Francona and he deserves it. The National League Manager of the Year, selected by the Baseball Writers of America, went to Los Angeles Dodger Manager Dave Roberts.
Roberts led the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series before losing out to the Chicago Cubs. Yep, the Cubs, whose manager, Joe Maddon, led them from start to finish to their 1st World Series Championship in 108 years. Now the voting for Manager of the Year took place at the end of the regular season so the post –season was not even considered.
With no disrespect for the job done by Roberts, Maddon took a team that was expected to win and made it happen. That in itself is not an easy thing to do. If ever there was a time for a Cub manager to win the Manager of the Year Award, it was this year. And that’s the way I see it.