Press Release: Baseball Bloggers Alliance Announces Connie Mack Award

Kings of Kauffman is a proud member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, which unites baseball fans, writers, bloggers and site owners in collective discussion and collaborative projects.

At the conclusion of the 2010 season, Kings of Kauffman, as a member of the BBA’s Kansas City Chapter, voted for multiple American League awards. The Connie Mack Award recognizes the best manager of the year in both leagues. (Hint: It wasn’t Trey Hillman, though one of the winners does have a strong Royals connection.)

The Press Release is after the jump. You should also visit the Baseball Bloggers Alliance.
The next award to be announced will be the Willie Mays Award, which recognizes the outstanding rookies in each league.

BASEBALL BLOGGERS ALLIANCE                                             Russellville, AR  2802

Press Release

Contact: Daniel Shoptaw                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, BLACK WIN CONNIE MACK AWARD
Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and Bud Black of the San Diego Padres were named winners of the Connie Mack Award by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, noting them as the best managers in their respective leagues for 2010.
Washington, who weathered a drug controversy in spring training, led
Texas to their fifth divisional title since 1994 and their first since
1999.  While the voting was based on his regular season
accomplishments, Washington also guided his team to their first ever
postseason series victory when they eliminated the Tampa Bay Rays in
five games in the American League Divisional Series.
Washington received ten first place votes in route to accumulating 74
total points.  He edged out Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who
received 67 points.
In the National League, Black’s guidance of a Padres team almost
universally expected to finish last to first place most of the summer
helped him edge Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds by the slimmest of
margins.  The fact that the Padres fell just short of the playoffs
while the Reds won the NL Central helped lead to the tight race.  Black
garnered nine first place selections and 53 total points to Baker’s
seven first place nods and 51 total points.

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

American League

Ron Washington, Texas (10) 74

Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota (7) 67

Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay (4) 35

Terry Francona, Boston (3) 20

Cito Gaston, Toronto 9

Buck Showalter, Baltimore 9

Joe Girardi, New York 2

National League

Bud Black, San Diego (9) 53

Dusty Baker, Cincinnati (7) 51

Bobby Cox, Atlanta (2) 33

Bruce Bochy, San Francisco (3) 29

Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia (1) 27

Brad Mills, Houston 3

Mike Quade, Chicago 2

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. As
of this writing, the organization consists of 224 blogs spanning all 30 major league squads as well as general baseball writing.

The BBA is organized under a similar structure as the Baseball Writers
of America, where blogs that follow the same team are combined into
“chapters” and only two votes from the chapter on an award are counted.
The blog chapters that are focused on general baseball were allowed two
votes as well, which they could use both on the same league or split
between the two leagues.
Chapters generally followed one of two methods when casting their
ballot.  Either representatives of the chapter were given the ballots
for voting or a “group ballot” was posted, accounting for both of their
votes.
Ballots are posted on the respective blogs and tabulated on a 5-3-1
point scale for first, second and third. In the interest of
transparency, links are given below for the ballots. Chapter
affiliation is in parenthesis.  Those chapters that decided on the
group method are noted with an asterisk.

American League

Camden Crazies (Baltimore)*
The Tribe Daily (Cleveland)*
One Royal Way (Kansas City)
Seth Speaks (Minnesota)
Contract Year (Oakland)
Rise of the Rays (Tampa Bay)
500 Level Fan (Toronto)
Misc. Baseball (History)*

National League

Prose and Ivy (Chicago)*
Astros County (Houston)
Feeling Dodger Blue (Los Angeles)
Bernie’s Crew (Milwaukee)*
Brewers Bar (Milwaukee)*
Dugger’s Corner (Philadelphia)
i70 Baseball (St. Louis)
The Outfield Ivy (St. Louis)
Friar Forecast (San Diego)*
Misc. Baseball (History)*

Prior Winners

2009: Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles of Anaheim; Jim Tracy, Colorado

The official website of the BBA is located at www.baseballbloggersalliance.com.
The BBA can be found on Twitter by the handle @baseballblogs and by
the hashmark #bbba.  Members of the BBA may be heard at Blog Talk Radio
every Tuesday night with their call-in show, BBA Baseball Talk, which may also be downloaded as a podcast from iTunes.  For more information, contact Daniel Shoptaw at [email protected].

Topics: AL Central, Baseball, Baseball Bloggers Alliance, Bud Black, Kansas City Royals, KC, MLB, Ron Washington, Royals, Trey Hillman

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