Welcome to the Season 17 of the USMLB.

Thursday, May 22, 2008


This is the beginning of a three week tribute to find the USMLB Manager of the Year. To get the process started, a series of posts about each division will review the “overall success” of managers through the year. Then, we’ll hold 3 different rounds of votes to narrow down candidates and find the Manager of the Year.

Manager of the Year Selection Criteria:

To clarify, “overall success” is not simply defined by wins and losses at the ML level, although that is part of it. For this discussion, we will define “overall success” as who has done the best from where they were at the beginning of the year to where they are now. Every team’s goals are different. So I’ll rate how each team is doing relative to what their goals are. For top teams, their goal is to contend for a championship this season. For some teams, this is a rebuilding year, and success at the top means much less than adding and developing young talent. So the manager reviews will factor in things like ML record, acquisition of talent, draft success, trade history, minor league records, and ML success relative to talent level.

Manager of the Year Voting:

There will be three rounds of voting. 1st round will occur this weekend and will pit all managers against one another. The top 8 vote-getters will move on to the second round. Second round voting will occur next weekend, and will pare those managers down to a final four. The final Manager of the Year will be voted on at the end of the regular season from among the final four. Everyone is welcome to vote based on whatever criteria they choose.

Debating, Campaigning, and Whining:

A short section will be generated about each team based on their success relative to the selection criteria. Constructive discussion is encouraged. Whining is strictly prohibited. Vawt’s BS rankings are not to be utilized in any way to give credibility to a manager for Manager of the Year.