2013 VORG Manager of the Year Awards Copy

Tuesday afternoon will see the continuation of the 2013 MLB award period, with the AL and NL Managers of the Year being announced.  These awards are usually given to the skipper of a team that exceeds its preseason expectations.

At the VORG, we don’t think that’s true to the spirit of the word “manager”.  We want to see tangible evidence of … well, managing!  We want our managers to order bunt and stolen base attempts.  We want them to have to manipulate a LOT of players during the course of the year, cause its EASY to pilot a squad with little in-season turnover.  We want our managers to need new spikes from walking to and from the pitchers mound to get a fresh arm.  We want them to WORK!

Thus, we present our unique version of the award … the VORG MOTYs if you will.  Each team’s managers were ranked within their respective league in such categories as relief appearances, sac bunt attempts, intentional walks given, etc.  The “best” in each category received “1” ranking point, the worst received “15” ranking points.  Total them all up, and the skipper with the lowest overall number is that league’s VORG MOTY.

Here’s some explanations for the categories:

  • SBA: Stolen base attempts.  Most base-stealers do NOT have a green light.  The manager is responsible for initiating the attempt.
  • PH: Pinch-hit plate appearance.  Does a manager use his bench to get the supposed right batter in the game at the right time?
  • PR: Pinch-runners used.  Does the manager have a Billy Hamilton (or his doppelganger) on his roster, and does he use him at an opportune moment?
  • Att Sac.: Sacrifices attempted.  It doesn’t matter if the attempt succeeded or not.  Did the manager at least try?
  • IBB: Intentional walks.  Some managers eschew this tactic.  Others love it and use it often.
  • Rel.: Relief appearances.  How many times did the manager (have to) make that roughly 75-foot stroll to the mound, raise one arm, take the ball from the pitcher, pat said pitcher on the ass, and greet the new moundsman.
  • Def. Lineups: Total unique starting defensive lineups (exclusive of pitchers).  Some skippers constantly tinker with their lineup (not always by choice).  Some move various players around the diamond.  This quantifies which pilots moved the chesspieces the most.
  • Batting Orders: Total unique batting orders (exclusive of pitchers).
  • TOT: The sum of all the “Rk” columns.  The lower the number, the more managing done.

In the American League, John Gibbons of the Blue Jays nosed past the Rays’ Joe Maddon and the Astros’ Bo Porter for the VORG MOTY.  Gibbons finished in the top four in defensive lineups used, relievers used, pinch-hitters used and stolen base attempts.  Maddon used the most batting orders and pinch-hitters in the AL, while Porter played smallball a lot in leading the league in sac bunts.

The award in the National League goes to the Bud Black of the San Diego Padres.  He led the league in most different batting orders and defensive lineups used and the Pods had the second-most stolen base attempts.   Walt Weiss, the Rockies rookie manager, finished second as his team ended in the top five in every category except pinch-hitters and pinch-runners.   Third place went to Don Mattingly, and his non-use of pinch-hitters (dead last) probably cost him the overall award in the NL.

Congrats to Gibbons and Black.  You deserve some time off.

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