What a mockery!!!

I am not sure of the intentions of the Baseball Writers who chose Joe Girardi as National League Manager of the Year. However, they have ruined the integrity of the award. When does a manager get an award with a losing record? In addition, the manager of the year lost his job. How can you give him so much credit for what young players hungry to be in the major leagues did in a down regular season for the National League. There was only one reason for this mokery. To deny Willie Randolph manager of the year.
Based on the merits Willie should have been a runaway NL manager of the year. His Mets team won 97 games during the regular season and were consistent. His team never lost more than 3 in a row during 2006. That is unheard of in Major League Baseball. His consistency was better than Jim Leyland’s. He also showed class with dealing with the players, the front office, and the fans. Never would you see Willie Randolph showing up any players, Omar Minaya or Fred Wilpon. Girardi lost his job because he has no class. What ever your owner has done, he is responsible for your paycheck. It was irresponsible for him to embarass an owner in public. The owner did not endorse Girardi’s managerial skills so why should the Baseball Writers? Furthermore, if he did such a great job, why didn’t the Yankees immediately hire him as bench coach when Mazilli was fired?

Willie Randolph is too much of a class act to express disappointment to this mockery. But I can. Willie knows how to talk to people. When Pedro Feliciano went public with his comments, it was easy for Willie to blast him in the press, bench him or cut him. Instead he called the player into the office to privately discuss his displeasure and ended the conversation with winning teams don’t do this. Imagine the pressures of managing in New York, and successfully keeping your team out of the bad press of the tabloids. He was successful because of his style.

You have cheapened the value of your award by this selection and Willie is the true 2006 National League Manager of the Year. He would not be bothered by your snub because he measures success by World Championships. He is now working with Minaya to bring the Mets the championship in 2007.



  1. mlblogosphere@yahoo.com

    Welcome to the MLBlogosphere, will get you added to the MLBlogs Active Roster and the Rookies list on MLBlogs.com.

    The second point you made re the firing is moot and not relevant to your argument, because BBWAA members turn in their ballots on the last day of the regular season.

    That leaves the first point, and it’s not an award for the manager who wins the most games in the league, it’s for the manager who did the best job of managing with what he had at his disposal. Joe did an incredible job with a team that set the record for most rookies used, and he turned around a 15-30 team that was contending for a berth in the final week of the season. Certainly Willie did a great job, but by no means was the award cheapened. Can’t agree with your first post.



  2. RumorMill

    Sorry, I couldn’t disagree more with ya man. I think Mark pretty much nailed it. The award is supposed to go to the manager that did the best job and you could certainly make the case that this year it was Joey G.

  3. Glenn

    Bottomline. Joe Girardi’s firing was known before the season ended. He will go down in history as the first manager of the year without a job in the next season, and a losing record.

  4. Glenn

    Why is the firing moot? Didn’t the owner of the Florida Marlins express his displeasure with Joe Girardi?
    How was the Florida Marlin’s a 15-30 win team? Didn’t they have 83 wins in 2005, the same as the Mets? Sure they gave up Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca, but they had young players to replace them. They also kept Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera. Remember the first baseman they acquired from the Mets played very well in 2005.

    The proof is in the reward. Joe Girardi, announcers job after no offers, Willie Randolph a new contract worthy of a Manager of the Year. This is why the BBWAA award has no significance.


    This post is hilarious given the name of your blog.

    Sure, Girardi ripped off Willie’s award. Girardi was fired for personal issues the owner had with him — that Girardi told the owner to shut up during a game — not performance. Girardi kept the Marlins in the playoff hunt until the end of the season.

    Girardi, whose Marlins had the budget of your local high school field hockey team, ripped off Willie Randolph, whose Mets had a budget larger than many third-world nations. Yeah. That opinion matters.



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