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BBA Names Arizona’s Gibson, cialis refractory Tampa Bay’s Maddon Top Managers

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. Cialis refractory  The Connie Mack Award recognizes those considered the top manager for the season.

Cialis refractory 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. Cialis refractory  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. Cialis refractory  Voting was done before the Diamondbacks lost to the Milwaukee Brewers in five games in the National League Divisional Series.

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

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

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

Cialis refractory The complete voting results are as follows (first place votes in parenthesis):

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

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

Cialis refractory 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. Cialis refractory As of this writing, cialis refractory the organization consists of 316 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

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

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

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

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

Cialis refractory 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. Cialis refractory 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)

Cialis refractory 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. Cialis refractory Louis)
Left Coast Bias (San Diego)
Misc. Cialis refractory Baseball (History)
On The Outside Corner (St. Cialis refractory 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)

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

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

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