Originally written on NBC Dallas- Fort Worth  |  Last updated 11/17/11
Just as he has every year that he's been the Rangers' manager, Ron Washington won more games in 2011 than he did the year before. He won the AL West for the second straight season, navigated around the departure of Cliff Lee, dealt with injuries to key members of the team, massaged the hurt feelings of Michael Young and got a career year out of Mike Napoli. It was a very successful year, in other words. It just wasn't successful enough to land Washington the American League Manager of the Year award. The prize went to Joe Maddon of the Rays for the second time in the last four years. Jim Leyland of the Tigers finished second and Wash finished third with both men garnering one first place vote from the writers. There are two responses to this news. The first is a shrug of the shoulders because it is hard to summon too much emotion about the Manager of the Year award. The award rarely goes to the manager of the team that has most wildly overperformed expectations because those mana...
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