Manager of the Year
We stared this one new with this season to highlight accomplishments by the owners in guiding their franchise through the gauntlet. The vote in the AL required a reluctant vote from one owner to break the tie while the NL winner seems to have been a no brainer pick. In the NL the near unanimous winner was Jackson Five I Mean Nine owner RoyalOkie while in the AL dsuhornets and the Dover Buzzkill took top honors. Congratulations to both out inagural winners of this award.
Both leagues had clear cut winners for this award. With 46 home runs and a .321 average Hector Aquino took the AL honors while Dicky Takada rode a 49 home run, 140 RBI season to the NL award.
Vance Randall led an AL field that included 2 other Flasher hurlers but in the end was the overwhelming choice of the league owners as the only 20 game winner in season 22. In the NL the race was a little closer with a starter and a closer fighting it out for the award. In the end 18 wins and an OAV of .211 carried Jose Tejada the winner's circle.
Rookie of the Year
Power hitters won out over pitchers in two close votes for first year star honors. In the AL a 22 year old slugger from Pittsburgh, Julio Astacio blasted 31 home runs to take the AL award. Not to be outdone Walt Knoblauch from across the state in Philadelphia slammed 50 round trippers en route to the NL award. Great showing for the Commonwealth!
Both of the top closer also finished second in teh Cy Young voting in their respective league. AL winner Jay Saturria saved 47 games to win his first award while NL champ Harry Sardinha was perfect in his first 42 save opportunities on the way to a season total of 46.
AL - Rich Buckley
NL - Dicky Takada
AL - Randy Clark
NL - Jackie Creek
Stolen Base Leaders
AL - Adrian Baker
NL - Luis Palmeiro
Congratulations to all the winners.