The awards just keep on coming for the 200 Indians. Sporting News Named Mark Shapiro it's executive of the year. Yesterday, C.C. Sabathia was named the AL Cy Young Award winner. Now today, Manager Eric Wedge has been handed the AL Manager of the Year. I have got to give Wedge mad props.
He completely won me over this year. I was never a huge Wedge fan going into this year. The guy is moody, sometimes aloof, and loyal to his veterans to a fault. While he rode Trot Nixon way too long earlier in the season, he figured out Franklyn Gutierrez was the way to go in Right, yet when he needed Nixon, he was still there. He tinkered with his lineup all year until he found one that worked, and when his team looked like they were ready to collapse in early August, he stayed the course and the team responded by closing out the season with the league's best record.
Yes, he is still very aloof and isn't great with the media, but he doesn't seem to care. And why should he? He got the job done this year and got rewarded with an extended. Congrats to you Eric. You did it your way, grinding it out, one game at a time.
P.s. Why is it that my squad wins all of these awards, yet the one thing they care about the most, they cannot get?
Wedge Named AL Manager of the Year