I was glad to see that the Washington Nationals’ Davey Johnson won the National League’s manager of the year. He also won the award for the American League back in 1997 when he managed the Baltimore Orioles. On the same day that reward was announced for getting the Orioles into the post-season for the first time in decades, he got fired. That won’t happen this time, as the 70-year-old agreed to come back to Washington for one more year before he retires for good. He took a bad, hapless, hopeless team and turned it, virtually overnight, into the winningness team in baseball.
And, along that line, going from old to young, the National’s Bryce Harper won Rookie of the Year. He was 19 for most of the season and his infectious energy, as well as his penchant for getting on base and then stealing them, contributed greatly to the team’s successful season.
I was hoping for a trifecta for the Nationals, the home team I’m now following in my new home, but the team’s ace, Gio Gonzalez (not Stephen Strasburg, great young pitcher that he is) finished third in the NL Cy Young. Usually winning more games than anyone, going 21-8, having 207 strikeouts, and a 2.89 ERA is enough to get you a Cy Young, but this year’s award went to the Met’s kuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who went 20-6. Since the Mets were a losing team, I can see that this was a greater feat. race despite having
Gonzalez led the Major Leagues with 21 victories, led the team in strikeouts with 207 and had a 2.89 ERA in 32 games. However, Dickey, who went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA, led the NL in starts, complete games, shutouts and innings pitched. The Dodger’s Clayton Kershaw came in second, despite his lowlier 14-9 record, because he came out so well in the sophisticated number crunching of sabremetrics.