The awards for the MLB regular season will start pouring in over the next couple of weeks and the first one was given to the top managers of the respective leagues on Monday.
Kirk Gibson, who helped led a surprising Diamondbacks to 94 wins and their first NL West title since 2007, was selected as Sporting News’ 2011 National League Manager of the Year. Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays was selected for the American League.
23 different managers across baseball voted on the selection. 12 American League managers voted for award while 11 from the National League voted for it.
Gibby will come as a shock to no one. The only other logical choice for the National League was Ron Roenicke, who led the Brewers to the NLCS in first season in Milwaukee. However, no one expected the Diamondbacks to be at the .500 mark, much less make it to the postseason, so Gibson was the overwhelming favorite.
Hopefully Gibson won’t be the last of members from the Arizona organization winning some regular season accolades.