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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Cash, Mattingly net Manager of Year honors

Don Mattingly and Kevin Cash were honored as Major League Baseball’s top managers in 2020 Tuesday on MLB Network after a season that tested and ultimately brought out the best in both men.

Mattingly was named the National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for leading the Marlins to their first postseason appearance in 17 years despite the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to derail the entire season almost before it began.

Mattingly became just the fifth person in history to win a Manager of the Year Award after being named a Most Valuable Player, joining Frank Robinson, Don Baylor, Kirk Gibson and Joe Torre.

Meanwhile, Cash was named AL Manager of the Year for leading the Rays to their first AL East title since 2010 despite having 13 players on the injured list on Sept. 1.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 10, 2020 at 08:50 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 11, 2020 at 08:08 AM (#5988246)
This was Cash's third straight year of getting votes but his first MOY win. Third time through the order was the charm!
   2. Where have you gone Brady Anderson? Posted: November 11, 2020 at 08:35 AM (#5988248)
Didn’t Mattingly abdicate responsibility for following coronavirus protocols to one of his players, leading to a large outbreak?
   3. Tom Goes to the Ballpark Posted: November 11, 2020 at 09:01 AM (#5988249)
Yes. That would have been disqualifying for me, but it seems that the voters gave him extra credit for it.
   4. Howie Menckel Posted: November 11, 2020 at 09:52 AM (#5988257)
Cash will call on Nick Anderson to walk the final yards to the podium to accept the award - and Anderson will drop the trophy and watch as it shatters into a million pieces.

"Yes, I regret it because it didn’t work out," Cash will say later. "I thought the thought process was right."

This will be the seventh consecutive time that Anderson has bobbled a trophy.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 11, 2020 at 10:03 AM (#5988258)
Yes. That would have been disqualifying for me, but it seems that the voters gave him extra credit for it.
Everyone praised the Lord when those miners in Chile were rescued, but apparently no one thought to ask the Lord just why He let the mine collapse on them in the first place.
   6. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: November 11, 2020 at 10:55 AM (#5988265)
I want to give special recognition to Boston's Ron Roenicke, who was the ultimate organization man in 2020. The fan base, players, and management all knew 2020 was a complete farce for the Red Sox from the word go, had the worst roster in my lifetime of being a Red Sox fan, and was all about rebuilding the farm system, cutting payroll, and getting higher draft picks. He knew there was zero chance he'd be the manager next year, and we pretty much all assumed Cora would be back after a season.

They started 12-27, were hopelessly out of any contention, and after trading players for prospects, they actually played *much* better, going 12-9 the rest of the way, and finishing only five games out of the final playoff spot.

All joking aside, I appreciate the difficult situation Roenicke was in, and appreciate that he was an important part of helping accelerate the rebuilding of my favorite team. So, thank you, Ron Roenicke.
   7. The Honorable Ardo Posted: November 13, 2020 at 12:46 AM (#5988548)
Ron Roenicke appeared in two games of the 1984 World Series without batting (one DR, one PR). I wonder what an all-star team of position players with that distinction - played in a World Series game, no plate appearances - would look like.
   8. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 13, 2020 at 04:13 AM (#5988559)

Mattingly should accept the award jointly with Miguel Rojas.
   9. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: November 13, 2020 at 08:45 AM (#5988565)
#7: Herb Washington may not be one of the best players do have that distinction, but I obviously immediately thought of him.

In 1974, Washington appeared in five playoff games for the A's, all as a pinch runner. He had no stolen bases, and two caught stealing and he scored a run.

In Game 4 of the 1974 WS, with the Dodgers leading 2-1, the following sequence occurs:

Andy Messersmith pitching
Bill North walks.
North is caught dead on a pickoff throw, but the throw is wild, and North goes to 2nd.
Sal Bando singles to right, North scores.
Reggie walks, Bando goes to 2nd.
Joe Rudi sacrifices, Bando to 3rd, Reggie to 2nd, one out.
Claudell Washington is intentionally walked.
Jim Holt pinch hits for Ray Fosse, singles to right. Bando and Reggie score, Claudell Washington goes to 3rd.
Our hero, Herb Washington, comes in as a pinch runner for Jim Holt.
Dick Green grounds out to short, they get the force on Herb Washington at 2nd...but Claudell Washington scores from 3rd on the play.
Ken Holtzman grounds out to SS, who gets the force on Green at 2nd to end the inning.

4 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB, A's take the lead 5-2, and win by that score.

OK:
1) Is this the only time a team has ever had two guys named Washington on the same team at the same time? (I'm pretty sure it is.)
2) The thing I always liked about the 1970s A's dynasty was that they had some Hall of Famers (Reggie, Rollie, Catfish), but then a ton of guys who aren't HOFers, but are...consequential. Vida Blue, Sal Bando, Bert Campaneris, Ray Fosse, Ken Holtzman, Claudell Washington, Blue Moon Odom, Gene Tenace, Bill North...these are guys that, almost 50 years later, are still memorable.
3) Herb Washington appeared in 110 major league games, and never came to the plate. He is one of seven non-pitchers with more games played than plate appearances - and he obviously dwarfs that list.
4) He is the only player in history with a baseball card whose positions says "pinch runner".
5) He eventually went into the McDonalds franchising business, eventually operating 21 locations by 2009. By that time, it was the largest McDonald's franchisee owned by an African-American.
6) He eventually founded an IHL minor league hockey team in Youngstown, OH.

He's still around, 68 years old, seemed to do pretty well in life. I don't know if there is a TV movie or something that you could make of his life, but the fact that his life has been interesting and successful enough that you could entertain the idea is better than most of us will do, so good on him.
   10. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: November 13, 2020 at 08:53 AM (#5988567)
2) The thing I always liked about the 1970s A's dynasty was that they had some Hall of Famers (Reggie, Rollie, Catfish), but then a ton of guys who aren't HOFers, but are...consequential. Vida Blue, Sal Bando, Bert Campaneris, Ray Fosse, Ken Holtzman, Claudell Washington, Blue Moon Odom, Gene Tenace, Bill North...these are guys that, almost 50 years later, are still memorable.


And a number of them wouldn't out of place in the HOF, even if they'd be the type of guys folks complain about. Bando in particular could be in
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: November 13, 2020 at 08:53 AM (#5988568)
Is this the only time a team has ever had two guys named Washington on the same team at the same time?


On first glance it looks like it might be, if only because, tragically, Claudell was already gone from Arlington by the time LaRue made his debut.
   12. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: November 13, 2020 at 08:37 PM (#5988681)
2) The thing I always liked about the 1970s A's dynasty was that they had some Hall of Famers (Reggie, Rollie, Catfish), but then a ton of guys who aren't HOFers, but are...consequential. Vida Blue, Sal Bando, Bert Campaneris, Ray Fosse, Ken Holtzman, Claudell Washington, Blue Moon Odom, Gene Tenace, Bill North...these are guys that, almost 50 years later, are still memorable.


The Yankees of the late '90s–early '00s were like that, too. For the Hall, it's largely just Jeter and Rivera, with briefly related NY appearances by Raines, Boggs, Mussina, and (if you will) Clemens. But besides the obviously consequential guys like Posada and Williams, there was David Wells, relievers Nelson and Stanton, El Duque, Brosius, O'Neill, Matsui, Tino Martinez, Mendoza, and a host of players who were there briefly but valuably (e.g., Ventura, Giambi, Justice, and of course, Spencer). I think all the later-year Core Four talk took away from how solid those rosters were.

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