AL Manager of the Year
1. Joe Maddon (Rays), 2. Jim Leyland (Tigers), 3. Joe Girardi (Yankees).
This was a slam-dunk for me, because clearly nobody did more with less than Maddon, who lost his seven highest-paid players off his 2010 team and still has managed to keep the Rays in contention through the final week of the season. Leyland gets some love here for guiding the Tigers to a fabulous season after a tumultuous spring that began with Miguel Cabrera’s DUI arrest. And Girardi, despite the Yankees’ towering payroll, had to navigate a tricky season that included a dearth of starting pitching options, the political minefield regarding Jorge Posada’s reduced role, and subpar seasons from superstars Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira.
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