Farrell Robbed by 8 BWAA Morons

Apr 16, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (left) and Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell shake hands before a game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Of course John Farrell was robbed of the AL Manager of the Year Award by the infamous morons at BWAA [Baseball Writers Association of America], the same ass clowns who vote on Hall of Fame inductions.

Farrell was robbed by eight particularly ignorant writers, which included ESPN.com’s Christina Kahrl, morons from the Jiji Press, the Antelope Valley Press, the Akron Beacon Journal and Scott Ostler, who prides himself on being a contrarian outlier.

Christina Kahrl ESPN.com CHI Francona Melvin Maddon
Sheldon Ocker Akron Beacon Journal CLE Francona Girardi Farrell
Brian Golden Antelope Valley Press LA Francona Maddon Farrell
Patrick Reusse Minneapolis Star Tribune MIN Francona Melvin Farrell
Andy McCullough Newark Star Ledger NY Francona Girardi Farrell
Scott Ostler San Francisco Chronicle OAK Melvin Francona Farrell
Asuka Iinuma Brown Jiji Press SEA Melvin Maddon Showalter
Tim Cowlishaw Dallas Morning News TEX Francona Melvin Farrell

The award is the only non-player honor and typically goes to the skipper whose team most exceeded expectations.  So, let’s look at the expectations for each team before the 2013 commenced.

ESPN’s Christina Kahrl, who voted “Francona, Melvin, Madden” in this year’s AL Manager of the Year Award, nailed it:

Christina Kahrl,
ESPN.com
East champ: Rays
Central champ: Tigers
West champ: Angels
Wild cards: Blue Jays, A’s
Champion: Blue Jays
East champ: Nationals
Central champ: Reds
West champ: Dodgers
Wild cards: Braves, Giants
Champion: Nationals

WORLD SERIES: Nationals over Blue Jays

 

Ms. Kahrl’s forecasters at ESPN
Projection: 15th in MLB, 4th in AL East

Adam Wells, Bleacher Report
Projection: 15th in MLB, 4th in AL East

Matt Snyder, CBS Sports
Projection: 22nd in MLB

Fox Sports
Projection: 20th in MLB, 5th in AL East

Stan McNeal, Sporting News
Projection: 18th in MLB, 5th in AL East

Sports Illustrated
Projection: 18th in MLB, 5th in AL East

Baseball Prospectus
Projection: 4th in AL East

Sure, almost every pundit and nitwit predicted the Red Sox to finish dead last in the AL East, but what do they know?

Did anyone publish a prediction that the Red Sox would even win the AL East crown in 2013?

Last February, we wrote a post– How Red Sox could win the AL East Crown—and listed exactly how the Sox could pull it off:

“Let’s make a list of things that could, reasonably, happen and understand that they don’t ALL need to occur for the Sox to finish first in the AL East.

  1. New manager, John Farrell, is familiar to many Red Sox players and, after a year of playing against their manager in 2012, the team can now focus on playing against other teams. [http://bosoxinjection.com/2013/02/04/how-red-sox-could-win-the-al-east-crown/]

The case for John Farrell over Tito Francona and Bob Melvin comes down to this:

Q:  Which manager’s team went from LAST place in 2012 to winning the World Series in 2013?

A:  Francona’s Indians finished 2nd in the AL Central, got a WC slot and crapped out.

Melvin’s Athletics lost gallantly to the AL Champion Tigers and won just one less game in the regular season than the Red Sox.

You could make the case that Melvin deserved the award more than Francona, but, Ms. Christina Kahrl, ESPN.com, you cannot leave John Farrell off your ballot and vote: Francona, Melvin, MADDON.

Clearly, it is past time to take the Manager of the Year Award and the Hall of Fame voting away from the BWAA, whose only right to vote is their membership card.

BWAA, Hah, Hah, Hah!

 

BSI RELATED STORY HERE: http://bosoxinjection.com/2013/11/13/john-farrell-snubbed-al-manager-award/

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The voting (5-3-1 scoring system):

Manager, Club

1st

2nd

3rd

Points

Terry Francona, Indians 16 10 2 112
John Farrell, Red Sox 12 10 6 96
Bob Melvin, Athletics 2 5 11 36
Joe Girardi, Yankees 2 5 11
Joe Maddon, Rays 2 3 9
Jim Leyland, Tigers 1 3
Buck Showalter, Orioles 1 1
Ron Washington, Rangers 1 1
Ned Yost, Royals 1 1

Below is a breakdown of the 30 individual ballots, submitted by two writers representing each city in the American League. Note that in some cases (*), when a city does not have enough eligible voters, a writer from another city will represent that chapter. For more information on the voting, see our Voting FAQ.

Name

Affiliation

Chapter

1st

2nd

3rd

Pat Stoetzer Carroll County Times BAL Farrell Francona Melvin
Jim Henneman Honorary BAL Farrell Francona Melvin
Brian MacPherson Providence Journal BOS Farrell Francona Girardi
Sean McAdam Comcast Sports New England.com BOS Farrell Francona Girardi
Christina Kahrl ESPN.com CHI Francona Melvin Maddon
Meghan Montemurro Northwest Herald (Ill.) CHI Farrell Melvin Francona
Terry Pluto Cleveland Plain Dealer CLE Francona Farrell Yost
Sheldon Ocker Akron Beacon Journal CLE Francona Girardi Farrell
Matthew B. Mowery Oakland (Mich.) Press DET Francona Farrell Girardi
James Schmehl MLive Media Group DET Farrell Melvin Francona
Jesus Ortiz Houston Chronicle HOU Francona Farrell Maddon
Bill Madden New York Daily News HOU* Farrell Francona Girardi
Tod E. Palmer Kansas City Star KC Farrell Francona Melvin
Rustin Dodd Kansas City Star KC Francona Farrell Melvin
Brian Golden Antelope Valley Press LA Francona Maddon Farrell
Jill Painter Los Angeles Daily News LA Francona Farrell Maddon
Tom Powers St. Paul Pioneer Press MIN Francona Farrell Melvin
Patrick Reusse Minneapolis Star Tribune MIN Francona Melvin Farrell
Andy McCullough Newark Star Ledger NY Francona Girardi Farrell
George King New York Post NY Farrell Leyland Melvin
Scott Ostler San Francisco Chronicle OAK Melvin Francona Farrell
Daniel Brown San Jose Mercury News OAK Francona Farrell Melvin
Asuka Iinuma Brown Jiji Press SEA Melvin Maddon Showalter
Geoff Baker Seattle Times SEA Francona Farrell Melvin
Joe Smith Tampa Bay Times TB Farrell Francona Melvin
Martin Fennelly Tampa Tribune TB Farrell Francona Melvin
Todd Wills ESPN Dallas TEX Farrell Francona Washington
Tim Cowlishaw Dallas Morning News TEX Francona Melvin Farrell
Mike Rutsey Toronto Sun TOR Francona Farrell Girardi
Tom Maloney The Globe and Mail TOR Francona Farrell Melvin

 

Topics: BWAA, John Farrell, Manager Of The Year Award, Tito Francona

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  • Rick M

    Ms. Kahrl has an extensive baseball resume but, obviously, she used her logic class in college to get in some nap time.

  • whipmeco

    No reason to get bent out of shape on this. There were votes for Girardi, Yost, Washington, Showalter as well. We all know who should have won the award. The Red Sox also won the WS after everyone else predicted a lousy year. Let’s just be happy with what we have.

    • John Fahrer

      Francona had a worthy case and was very deserving of the award as well. Better it was him than any of the four other names you previously mentioned.

      • whipmeco

        I totally agree with your take on Girardi, Washington and Showalter. You could make a case for Yost, but even the two writers from KC voted for someone else. It was a writer for a Cleveland paper that vote Yost 3rd. Weird.

  • John Fahrer

    Tito was a very worthy recipient of Manager of the Year. Though his team only made it to the WC playoff, they also had an impressive turnaround.