The Sporting News has announced the winners of the Manager of the Year award as Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Colorado Rockies Jim Tracy.
This was the 10th year Mike Scioscia has been the Angels skipper, averaging exactly 90 wins per year. He is a two time Manager of the Year award winner, winning the award in 2002, when his ballclub won the World Series. Although LAA won three less games (97) than the previous year (100, his only 100 win season), Scioscia had one of his best seasons at the helm. Early in the year an up & coming rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart was tragically killed in an automobile accident, Scioscia’s steadying influence kept the Angels focused. But the biggest thing Mike brings to the table as manager is “Angels baseball”, it starts in the minors, and everybody in the organization knows what’s expected of them. If somebody doesn’t do their job, they’re are pulled out of the ballgame, and reminded of what’s expected. It’s a throwback brand of ball, where the little things are expected, little things produce big results.
Jim Tracy took over from Clint Hurdle as the Rockies manager on May 29th. In only 116 games at the helm, he turned Colorado around, with a 74-42 record, winning a wild card playoff berth. Under Tracy the team lost their first three games in Houston, and he came in that next day and said, “Guys, I want to just let you guys play the game. But if you all force me to come out here, I’m going to come out here”. Jim Tracy has experienced success before as a big league skipper, in 2004 he guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to a first place finish with 93 victories.
Both Scioscia & Tracy are the one and only winners of the Manager of the Year award in their ballclubs history.