BBA Awards: The Connie Mack Award

As you may already know, The Rays Rant is part of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA). The BBA is a group of bloggers that connect to promote baseball blogging, as well as their blog. You can find it as an image link on the bottom of the right-hand sidebar. Every October, the BBA has awards voting on the following:

Connie Mack Award (top manager): Released October 10
    Willie Mays Award (top rookie): Released October 13
    Goose Gossage Award (top reliever): Released October 17
    Walter Johnson Award (top pitcher): Released October 20
    Stan Musial Award (top player): Released October 24
As part of the Tampa Bay chapter, I will be posting my top 3 votes on each of these awards for the AL. I’ll start today will the Connie Mack Award, for the best manager. If you’ve been reading my blog for the last month, it’s pretty obvious who I’m picking for this. Here’s my top three:
1.) Joe Maddon- Read my two articles for my long explanations: ‘Not your average Joe’ and ‘The X-Factor’.
2.) Mike Scioscia- Maybe a surprise to some; many baseball fans have forgot what a quality skipper Mike Scioscia. The mentor of Joe Maddon, Scioscia has been one of the best in the business for years and is still a great coach. He deserves a lot of credit for the Angels late September run, and I believe he is underrated. 
3.) Jim Leyland- Another veteran manager who has had a great career. His team, the Detroit Tigers, have made an incredible turnaround this year after an underachieving 2010. Jim Leyland has been with the team for a while, but has probably got the most credit this year than any other year. Many voters are having him second in the voting, and I would be surprised if he wouldn’t end up in the top three of the AL Manager of the Year voting.
If you are a member of the BBA and have posted your Connie Mack Award (or any other award) votes, I’d really like to see what you think. Comment the link of your post below. I would also love to see anyone else’s opinions. You also can rate the post from 1-5 stars, evaluating my voting. If you’re a blogger interested and joining the BBA, click here.

13 Comments

That’s a good list you’ve got going there. I approve. And remember, Sosh was Roenicke’s mentor as well…and I tend to think Roenicke and Gibby should get honorable rookie mentions on such a list.
– Kristen

Thanks Kristen. And I agree with that for sure.

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