On Wednesday, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced voting results for the 2011 American League and National League Manager of the Year awards, and Tony La Russa finished third in National League voting.
Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays
was named the AL Manager of the Year, as he racked up 26 of 28 possible first-place votes for his team's amazing late season push to overcome the Boston Red Sox
and make the AL playoffs as the wildcard.
In the National League, Arizona Diamondbacks
Manager Kirk Gibson won the award, earning 28 first-place votes. Under Gibson, the NL West Division champion Diamondbacks finished with a 94-68 regular-season record, which represented a 29-game improvement from 2010 and the third-best record in franchise history.
As for former St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa, he received only one first-place vote and came nowhere close to earning the top honor. Although the Cardinals were the eventual 2011 World Series Champions, they did fight through multiple injuries and fell as far back as 10 1/2 games back in the NL Wild Card race before finally rallying for an historic run. For a regular-season award to go to a manager whose team made it into the postseason on the final day of regular-season play may have been a bit too much to ask anyways. For Cardinals fans and Tony La Russa, that 2011 World Series Championship will just have to do.
Here are the complete results for the NL voting:
BBWAA 2011 NATIONAL LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR VOTING RESULTS
Manager, Club 1st 2nd 3rd Total Points
Kirk Gibson, Arizona Diamondbacks 28 4 0 152
Ron Roenicke, Milwaukee Brewers 3 25 2 92
Tony La Russa, St. Louis Cardinals 1 2 13 24
Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia Phillies 0 1 7 10
Fredi Gonzalez, Atlanta Braves 0 0 4 4
Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants 0 0 2 2
Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 2 2
Terry Collins, New York Mets 0 0 1 1
Don Mattingly, Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 1 1