Actually, Charlie Manuel came in second in the NL. People talk about this all of the time, but I'm wondering if it's not time to at least start thinking about including the post season for consideration when it comes to the awards. The big danger, obviously, is that everyone immediately forgets the first 162 games and guys like Cole Hamels end up winning the Cy Young Award. This is not a small concern. If the past few days have shown us anything, it's that giving the BBWAA even a bit of latitude in voting and they are 100% certain to mess it up.
But how about including the post season for Manager of the Year? I don't think it's a given that the award would simply go to the World Series skippers each year, but in a lot of years, shouldn't it? Joe Maddon was an easy choice in the AL, but once everything was all said and done, I feel like Charlie Manuel should have some hardware on his
I'm not slagging on Piniella here -- he's a fine and defensible choice. I am just thinkin' out loud and am entirely open to debate on the point.