TYIB Awards: Lidge, Manuel & Gillick Honored

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Major League Baseball has begun unveiling the winners of the This Year In Baseball Awards.  For his perfect season at closer for the Phillies, Brad Lidge walked away with the Closer of the Year Award.  Lidge was 41 for 41 in save opportunities during the regular season and 7 for 7 in the post-season, including the Game 5 World Series clincher.  For his efforts, Lidge garnered 44% of the vote!  The Yankees’ Mariano Rivera came in second place with 22.7%. 

And since the baseball writers did not see fit to give Charlie Manuel manager of the year, the fans went ahead and voted him #1 in the TYIB Manager of the Year category.  Manuel received 36.3% of the vote with Rays skipper, Joe Maddon getting 20.5% for second place.  During his tenure in Philly, Manuel has taken the team to a 354-294 regular-season record, 2 NL East Titles and, of course, a World Championship.  What else can we possibly ask of this man?  Personally, I’d like to ask him if I can watch all the games this coming year from the dugout.  Manuel can work magic with this team; how about spreading the love? :O)

Pat Gillick, former Phillies GM, was also recognized in the TYIB awards; Gillick won the Executive of the Year award with 31.8% of the vote.  Gillick made many moves this past year that many people thought were a bit odd – like the trade for Joe Blanton, bringing in Matt Stairs, etc… – but in the end, these moves paid dividends for the Phils.  Of course, Adam Eaton is still haunting us…but when you win the big one, all is forgiven :O)  Ruben Amaro Jr. has taken over as GM for the 2009 season, but Gillick will remain with the Phillies in an advisory capacity.

There are still several awards to be handed out; the final announcements should be tomorrow.  In the category of Best Postseason Moment, there are actually 4 Phillies nominated!  With 10 nominees total, that’s a 40% shot that we’ll be discussing this again soon :O)

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