Top 6 Candidates for Baseball's 2012 Manager of the Year

A look at the best skippers in the American and National leagues

What a fascinating season 2012 proved to be. A Triple Crown, a division champion having spent just one day in first place and 19- and 20-year-olds taking the league by storm. As postseason baseball begins, it’s time to reflect on the season by showing off what would be my ballot for various awards. Today, I reveal the six skippers most deserving of Manager of the Year honors in the American and National League.

American League
Manager of the Year
1. Buck Showalter, Baltimore
Showalter pieced together a pitching staff that included 12 different starting pitchers and a stellar bullpen with no superstars.
2. Bob Melvin, Oakland
The A’s were the best team in baseball over the second half and won the AL West with an Opening Day payroll less than $53 million — considerably less than half of both the Rangers and Angels.
3. Robin Ventura, Chicago
The White Sox intimated that they expected 2012 to be a rebuilding year. Ventura had other plans.
National League
Manager of the Year
1. Davey Johnson, Washington
Johnson managed the team amid distractions from the front office that included the Stephen Strasburg debacle and has given the city postseason baseball for the first time since 1933.
2. Bruce Bochy, San Francisco
The even-keeled Bochy keeps delivering winners to the Bay Area, even though a certain rival committed an extra $300 million while the Giants lost a key cog to suspension.
3. Dusty Baker, Cincinnati
With his superstar sidelined and sketchy starting pitching, Baker and the Reds cruised to the NL Central title.

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