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NL Manager of the Year goes to Diamondbacks’ Gibson

 

Kirk Gibson (courtesy of MLBpressbox.com)

When Kirk Gibson was a major league baseball star, all of his managers felt he would make a good coach or manager in his own right someday.

He has proven that he is a solid manager.

Gibson oversaw a worst team in the National League to first place in the NL West and the playoffs for his Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gibson was a clear choice for National League Manager of the Year honors in 2011 in his first full year as a big-league skipper.

The 54-year-old Gibson led the D-Backs to a 94-68 record. He assumed the manager’s job in midseason 2010 as Arizona went 65-97. This season, the D-Backs advanced to the playoffs, where it lost to Milwaukee in the opening round in the 10th inning.

The former Michigan State football star received 28 of 32 first-place votes for 152 points. He was the only manager in either league who was listed on every ballot of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

 

Info compiled from MLB, Arizona Diamondbacks, Radio & TV news

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