Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Baker finishes second in National League Manager of the Year voting


On Tuesday, the Redlegs were once again snubbed of a major postseason award as Dusty Baker finished in second place for the National League Manager of the Year Award, which is voted upon by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). Washington Nationals skipper Davey Johnson took the prize after garnering 23 out of a possible 32 first-place votes and totaling 131 overall points. The announcement was made on MLB Network shortly after the six o'clock hour (EST).

Baker, who guided the Reds to a 97-65 record and their second division crown in three seasons, collected five first-place votes, 14 second-place votes, and 10 third-place votes to tally 77 overall points, which fell well shy of Johnson's mark. San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who's team ousted Baker's in the playoffs, collected 61 total points.

The voting was conducted at the end of the regular season and just prior to the onset of the playoffs. San Francisco's magical run to the World Series had no affect on the outcome. On that same token, either did Cincinnati's meltdown in the NLDS.

The writers who cast ballots in favor of Baker at the top included Tony Ginnetti (Chicago Sun Times), Bob Hunter (Columbus Dispatch), Jack Magruder (Fox Sports Arizona), Bob Nightengale (USA Today), and Tracy Ringolsby (Fox Sports).

Here is a look at the voting in its entirety.

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