Baseball Bloggers’ Alliance Announces Connie Mack Award Winner


I know I posted my specific votes for these awards last week, but I thought I’d mention how the final votes came down.

From the Press Release:

Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and Bud Black of the San Diego Padres were named winners of the Connie Mack Award by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, noting them as the best managers in their respective leagues for 2010.

Washington, who weathered a drug controversy in spring training, led Texas to their fifth divisional title since 1994 and their first since 1999. While the voting was based on his regular season accomplishments, Washington also guided his team to their first ever postseason series victory when they eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays in five games in the American League Divisional Series.

Washington received ten first place votes in route to accumulating 74 total points. He edged out Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who received 67 points.

In the National League, Black’s guidance of a Padres team almost universally expected to finish last to first place most of the summer helped him edge Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds by the slimmest of margins. The fact that the Padres fell just short of the playoffs while the Reds won the NL Central helped lead to the tight race. Black garnered nine first place selections and 53 total points to Baker’s seven first place nods and 51 total points.

The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

American League

Ron Washington, Texas (10) 74
Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota (7) 67
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay (4) 35
Terry Francona, Boston (3) 20
Cito Gaston, Toronto 9
Buck Showalter, Baltimore 9
Joe Girardi, New York 2

National League

Bud Black, San Diego (9) 53
Dusty Baker, Cincinnati (7) 51
Bobby Cox, Atlanta (2) 33
Bruce Bochy, San Francisco (3) 29
Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia (1) 27
Brad Mills, Houston 3
Mike Quade, Chicago 2

The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. As of this writing, the organization consists of 224 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into “chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.

Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot. Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their votes.  Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and tabulated on a 5-3-1 point scale for first, second and third.

One of the things that we are trying to do to differentiate ourselves a bit at the Baseball Bloggers’ Alliance is to be transparent about our voting process, so included below are also links to the votes of each chapter for each award. My votes were counted as a part of the General Baseball Chapter, which was posted to the blog, Blogging from the Bleachers. Any chapter with an asterisk behind their name voted on the “group ballot” mentioned below.

American League
Camden Crazies (Baltimore)*
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
One Royal Way (Kansas City)
Seth Speaks (Minnesota)
Contract Year (Oakland)
Rise of the Rays (Tampa Bay)
500 Level Fan (Toronto)
Misc. Baseball (History)*
National League
Prose and Ivy (Chicago)*
Astros County (Houston)
Feeling Dodger Blue (Los Angeles)
Bernie’s Crew (Milwaukee)*
Brewers Bar (Milwaukee)*
Dugger’s Corner (Philadelphia)
i70 Baseball (St. Louis)
The Outfield Ivy (St. Louis)
Friar Forecast (San Diego)*
Misc. Baseball (History)*
Prior Winners
2009: Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles of Anaheim; Jim Tracy, Colorado

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