Bruce Bochy, manager of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, was named one of the three finalists for the National League Manager of the Year Award on Wednesday. The award is voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America and votes were tallied before the postseason, meaning Bochy will not be credited for the World Series ring he won in October with the Giants.
Along with Bochy, Cincinnati's Dusty Baker and Washington's Davey Johnson were voted finalists, as well. Should Bochy win the award, it will be his second. He also won the National League Manager of the Year in 1996 with the San Diego Padres.
It will be interesting to see how the voters elected to hand out the award. Johnson led Washington to the best record in baseball (98-64) and Baker had the second-best record in the majors in Cincinnati at 97-65, compared to the Giants' 94-68 mark.
However, neither manager dealt with the turmoil that Bochy did, as the National League's leading hitter Melky Cabrera was suspended off his roster in the middle of the season.
Cabrera was hitting .346, but played in just 113 games. He missed the final 49 games of the regular season after testing positive for high levels of testosterone.