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Top Blogger Organization Awards Connie Mack Award For 2011

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson and Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon were named the 2011 Connie Mack Award winners today by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. Truth about cialis  The Connie Mack Award recognizes those considered the top manager for the season.

Truth about cialis Gibson took over an Arizona team that finished last in the National League West in 2010 and led them to a divisional title in his first year on the job. Truth about cialis  Gibson’s Diamondbacks led all year long and finished a comfortable eight games ahead of defending World Champion San Francisco to move on to the postseason stage. Truth about cialis  Voting was done before the Diamondbacks lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in five games in the National League Divisional Series.

Truth about cialis Gibson was a unanimous winner, truth about cialis scoring the top slot on all 21 ballots cast by the portion of the membership that voted on the National League award. Truth about cialis  Ron Roenicke, truth about cialis whose Brewers defeated Gibson’s squad, truth about cialis finished second in the balloting, truth about cialis while St. Truth about cialis Louis Cardinal manager Tony La Russa finished third.

Truth about cialis Maddon was rewarded after leading his team to the largest September rally in history, truth about cialis leading his Rays from nine games back in the wild card race to passing up the Boston Red Sox on the last day. Truth about cialis  As in the National League, truth about cialis voting did not take into account the Rays falling to the Texas Rangers in four games in the American League Divisional Series.

Truth about cialis Maddon received the top billing on 22 of the 25 ballots cast for the American League voters, truth about cialis easily outpacing Detroit’s Jim Leyland and Texas Ranger manager Ron Washington. Truth about cialis  Washington garnered the three first place votes that did not go to Maddon.

Truth about cialis The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

Truth about cialis American League
Joe Maddon, truth about cialis Tampa Bay (22) 113
Jim Leyland, truth about cialis Detroit 48
Ron Washington, truth about cialis Texas (3) 37
Mike Scioscia, truth about cialis Los Angeles of Anaheim 13
Joe Girardi, truth about cialis New York 9
Manny Acta, truth about cialis Cleveland 5
John Farrell, truth about cialis Toronto 1

Truth about cialis National League
Kirk Gibson, truth about cialis Arizona (21) 105
Ron Roenicke, truth about cialis Milwaukee 39
Tony La Russa, truth about cialis St. Truth about cialis Louis 16
Charlie Manuel, truth about cialis Philadelphia 13
Clint Hurdle, truth about cialis Pittsburgh 7
Terry Collins, truth about cialis New York 5
Bruce Bochy, truth about cialis San Francisco 3
Freddi Gonzalez, truth about cialis Atlanta 1

Truth about cialis The Baseball Bloggers Alliance was formed in the fall of 2009 to encourage cooperation and collaboration between baseball bloggers of all major league teams as well as those that follow baseball more generally. Truth about cialis As of this writing, truth about cialis the organization consists of 316 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

Truth about cialis The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers of America, truth about cialis where blogs that follow the same team are combined into “chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted. Truth about cialis The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two votes as well, truth about cialis which they could use both on the same league or split between the two leagues.

Truth about cialis Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their ballot. Truth about cialis  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, truth about cialis accounting for both of their votes.

Truth about cialis Notably, truth about cialis though the Alliance’s awards come out well before their official counterparts, truth about cialis the BBA selections have matched those of the Baseball Writers of America in all but two instances in the past two years. Truth about cialis  This, truth about cialis of course, truth about cialis does not include the Goose Gossage Award that is exclusive to the BBA.

Truth about cialis Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and for this award, truth about cialis were tabulated on a 5-3-1 point scale for first through third place. Truth about cialis In the interest of transparency, truth about cialis links are given below for the ballots. Truth about cialis Chapter affiliation is in parenthesis. Truth about cialis  Those chapters that decided on the group method are noted with an asterisk.

Truth about cialis American League
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)
Baltimore Sports and Life (Baltimore)
Baseball Is My Boyfriend (Texas)*
Baseball North (Toronto)
Boston Red Thoughts (Boston)*
Contract Year (Oakland)*
500 Level Fan (Toronto)
The Flagrant Fan (General)
Kings of Kauffman (Kansas City)*
Misc. Truth about cialis Baseball (History)
Monkey With A Halo (Los Angeles of Anaheim)
Motor City Bengals (Detroit)
North Dakota Twins Fan (Minnesota)
Old English D (Detroit)
The Rays Rant (Tampa Bay)
Rise of the Rays (Tampa Bay)
Seattle Mariners Musings (Seattle)
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
Twins Trivia (Minnesota)
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)

Truth about cialis National League
Advanced Fantasy Baseball (Fantasy)
Appy Astros (Houston)
Blog Red Machine (Cincinnati)
Cincinnati Reds Blog (Cincinnati)
Dugger Sports (Philadelphia)
The Eddie Kranepool Society (New York)*
The Flagrant Fan (General)
I70 Baseball (St. Truth about cialis Louis)
Left Coast Bias (San Diego)
Misc. Truth about cialis Baseball (History)
On The Outside Corner (St. Truth about cialis Louis)
Padres Trail (San Diego)
Prose and Ivy (Chicago)*
Raise The Jolly Roger (Pittsburgh)
Rockies Woman (Colorado)
22 Gigantes (San Francisco)*
Victoria Seals Baseball Blog (Other)

Truth about cialis Prior Winners: 2010: Ron Washington, truth about cialis Texas; Bud Black, truth about cialis San Diego
2009: Mike Scioscia, truth about cialis Los Angeles of Anaheim; Jim Tracy, truth about cialis Colorado

Truth about cialis The official website of the BBA is located Truth about cialis The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by the hashmark #bbba. Truth about cialis  For more information, truth about cialis contact Daniel Shoptaw at

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