Clint Hurdle Leads Pirates Turnaround
Clint Hurdle, who steered the Pittsburgh Pirates to the franchise’s first winning season in 21 years, was voted National League Manager of the Year in balloting by the BBWAA that was announced on MLB Network.
Hurdle, 56, placed first on 25 ballots from the 30 submitted by two writers representing each league city and second on the other five to score 140 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. He was the only manager named to every ballot.
Don Mattingly, whose Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West title, received two first-place votes and was the runner-up in the balloting with 68 points. Fredi Gonzalez of the NL East champion Atlanta Braves had one more first-place vote than Mattingly but finished third overall with 43 points. The only other manager to receive support was Mike Matheny of the NL Central- and pennant-winning St. Louis Cardinals. Balloting is conducted prior to the start of postseason play.
The Pirates qualified for a wild-card berth with a 94-68 record, the first time they finished a season above .500 since 1992 when they were 96-66 and won the NL East, their previous postseason appearance. Jim Leyland won Manager of the Year honors that season as well as in 1990. Hurdle’s victory marked the third time a Pittsburgh manager was honored. Hurdle’s best previous finish in the balloting was in 2007 when he was with the Colorado Rockies and placed third.
The voting (5-3-1 scoring system):
|Clint Hurdle, Pirates||25||5||140|
|Don Mattingly, Dodgers||2||17||7||68|
|Fredi Gonzalez, Braves||3||4||16||43|
|Mike Matheny, Cardinals||4||7||19|
Below is a breakdown of the 30 individual ballots, submitted by two writers representing each team in the National League. Note that in some cases (*), when a city does not have enough eligible voters, a writer from another city will represent that chapter. For more information on the voting, see our Voting FAQ.
|Kevin Kernan||New York Post||ATL*||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|John Harper||New York Daily News||ATL*||Hurdle||Matheny||Mattingly|
|Bob Nightengale||USA TODAY||AZ||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|Dan Bickley||Arizona Republic||AZ||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|Toni Ginnetti||Chicago Sun-Times||CHI||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|Katsushi Nagao||Kyodo News||CHI||Mattingly||Hurdle||Gonzalez|
|John Erardi||Cincinnati Enquirer||CIN||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|John Fay||Cincinnati Enquirer||CIN||Hurdle||Mattingly||Matheny|
|Troy E. Renck||Denver Post||COL||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|Tracy Ringolsby||At Large||COL||Hurdle||Matheny||Mattingly|
|Hirokazu Higuchi||Chunichi Shimbun||LA||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|Hideki Okuda||Sports Nippon Newspaper||LA||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|Jorge Ebro||El Nuevo Herald||MIA||Gonzalez||Hurdle||Mattingly|
|Craig Davis||South Florida Sun Sentinel||MIA||Hurdle||Gonzalez||Matheny|
|Tom Haudricourt||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel||MIL||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|Todd Rosiak||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel||MIL||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|Jared Diamond||The Wall Street Journal||NY||Hurdle||Matheny||Gonzalez|
|Dan Martin||New York Post||NY||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|Dennis Deitch||Delaware Co. Daily Times||PHI||Mattingly||Hurdle||Gonzalez|
|Bill Evans||South Jersey Times||PHI||Hurdle||Gonzalez||Matheny|
|Dejan Kovacevic||Pittsburgh Tribune-Review||PIT||Hurdle||Gonzalez||Mattingly|
|Michael Sanserino||Pittsburgh Post-Gazette||PIT||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|Tom Krasovic||U-T San Diego||SD||Hurdle||Mattingly||Gonzalez|
|Jay Paris||U-T San Diego||SD||Hurdle||Mattingly||Matheny|
|Tim Kawakami||San Jose Mercury News||SF||Hurdle||Mattingly||Matheny|
|Monte Poole||Oakland Tribune||SF||Gonzalez||Hurdle||Mattingly|
|Tom Timmermann||St. Louis Post-Dispatch||STL||Hurdle||Gonzalez||Mattingly|
|Paul White||USA Today||WAS||Gonzalez||Hurdle||Matheny|
|Brian McNally||Washington Times||WAS||Hurdle||Matheny||Mattingly|