By Pete Schwichtenberg @schwick26_pete on August 15, 2014
MLB managers work tirelessly to help their teams stay in the race, but often the only time they get attention is when their team fails. As teams struggle, the attention turns to managerial flaws, but as they succeed the attention turns to the players. Here is a look at the top 5 contenders for NL Manager of the Year.
While currently the Cincinnati Reds are hovering around the .500 mark, if they were to make the playoffs Bryan Price would have to receive consideration for the award. Almost every important Red has spent time on the disabled list at some point this season, and they have been without both Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto for over a month.
The Los Angeles Dodgers entered this season with the highest expectations, and so far Don Mattingly has not disappointed as they are in control of the National League West. While he has one of the highest payrolls in baseball, he also has to manage some of the biggest egos in the game. If they have a deep October run, he will be praised, but if they have an early exit he is sure to be scrutinized.
Bruce Bochy has not just been one of the best managers this year, but he is one of the top five managers in all of baseball. He has plenty of October experience and two World Series championships under his belt. It seems like every other year he has the Giants competing for another long playoff run, and they are poised to get back to October this year.
Last season, Clint Hurdle helped the Pittsburgh Pirates end their long playoff drought. This season he is looking to make sure that they are not just a one-year wonder. The Pirates are right in the mix to win the National League Central. If they can get over the top and win the division, that may be enough to make him the NL Manager of the Year.
Ron Roenicke gets plenty of flack when the Milwaukee Brewers run into outs on the bases, but his club has exceeded everyone's expectations. No one thought the Brewers would compete in the tough NL Central, but they have been seated at the top of the division from the start. If they can hold on through the final months, it is hard to argue that anyone deserves the award more than Roenicke.
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