Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Hurdle Edges Out Mattingly For 2013 NL Manager Of The Year

Mattingly finished second:

Cleveland's Terry Francona and Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle were honored as the top managers in baseball Tuesday night. [...]

Hurdle guided the Pirates to their first winning season since 1992. They finished 94-68, third-best in the NL.

They lost in five games to the Cardinals in the NL Division Series.

"It's a bit overwhelming, to tell you the truth," Hurdle said in an interview on MLB Network. "It's humbling. It's gratifying from an organizational standpoint."

It was the first Manager of the Year honor for the 56-year-old Hurdle. His highest finish had been third in 2007, when he led the Colorado Rockies to the World Series.

The only other Pittsburgh manager to win the award was Jim Leyland in 1990 and 1992, the bookends to three consecutive division titles for the Pirates.

Hurdle was the only manager picked on every ballot. He had 140 points in the 5-3-1 scoring system to 68 points for Don Mattingly, who received two first-place votes after leading the Dodgers to the NL West title.

All right, maybe it wasn't that close. Damn 5-3-1 scoring system.

6 comments:

Hideo Nomo said...

Enough with the awards we didn't win. Get to the Cy, baby!

Dusty Baker said...

We wants the Cy!

Jason said...

*sigh*

Dusty Baker's Toothpick said...

Psy...

Jason said...

Punto signs in Oakland. The Oakland Shredder just makes too much sense.

Fred's Brim said...

pay that fool!