Posted by Reese Kaplan at 10:00 AM
In a somewhat surprising turn, it was't even close as Joe Maddon cinched the award with the Cubs' excellent 97 win season. Mike Matheny of the Cardinals finished second and the man who reached the post season for the first time in his long career brought up the rear.
Kaplan -- The Mets got to the World Series based upon the bat of Yoenis Cespedes, the promotion of Michael Conforto and the returns from injury by both Travis d'Arnaud and David Wright. Everyone saw how the team performed under Collins' stewardship and his gross mismanagement of the bullpen (not to mention the unforgiveable mistake of letting Cespedes continue his AB when he couldn't even walk, thus risking a double or triple play) demonstrated he was not worthy of this honor. He squandered an 11 game winning streak to fall below .500 and only started winning when the GM intervened. If he'd gotten Manager of the Year it would have been a travesty.