I am happy to say that Rise of the Rays is a member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. As a member, we vote on end of season awards. The first award up is the Connie Mack Award, which is given to the best manager of the year. Here are my three choices for the Connie Mack Award:
1) Joe Maddon- This is a no-brainer choice for me. He led the Rays back from there horrible start to the playoffs, with an improbable comeback thrown in there. The team could’ve easily given up after the bad start, but they didn’t because Joe wouldn’t let them. Joe definitely deserves the award.
2) Jim Leyland- The Tigers were certainly underachievers last season, but they finally lived up to expectations this year in a big way. With 96 wins they easily won the AL Central and now take on the Yankees in Game 5 tonight. He has done a great job managing this team to where they are.
3) Joe Girardi- As much as it pains me to say it, Joe Girardi has turned out to be a great manager. Sure, he has an amazing team, but it is not always easy to manage a squad of superstars. Girardi led the Yankees to the division title this year and dominated baseball while doing it.