Clint Hurdle is The Sporting News NL Manager of the Year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Yesterday The Sporting News named Francisco Liriano their NL Comeback Player of the Year after the lefty dominated a players vote. Today, Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was named The Sporting News National League Manager of the Year. The award was decided based on a vote held only by NL managers. Hurdle won with five of the 15 votes. In second was Fredi Gonzalez with three. Those were the only managers to receive more than one vote.
In a lot of cases, the manager of the year automatically goes to someone like Hurdle, who posts a winning season with a team that wasn't expected to win. In a lot of those cases, it's more about the players, and the manager didn't really do much to impact that team except to watch everyone improve. In this case, Hurdle did a few unconventional things that a lot of managers wouldn't do, specifically embracing the extreme defensive shifts that led to this team...
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