There are a lot of Orioles fans out there who think the voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America were way off base when they named Bob Melvin American League Manager of the Year instead of Buck Showalter.
Of course, everybody around here thinks that Buck should have won the award, as did a majority of American League managers when they recently voted him The Sporting News Manager of the Year.
Though I probably would have voted for Showalter, I think that justice was done here. Both managers were honored for their terrific seasons and both deserved credit for the great jobs they did confounding the so-called experts and leading their teams to the playoffs. If you want to get parochial about it, Melvin was a member of the “Why Not?” Orioles of 1989, so it’s a win-win.
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The thing that surprised me about the whole postseason awards process was how little love Dan Duquette got when TSN honored Billy Beane as Executive of the Year. Mike Rizzo and Jon Daniels were the only other execs to receive votes.
No disrespect to Daniels, but didn’t the Rangers underachieve this year?