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Congrats, you’re fired: Winning the Manager of the Year award isn’t always such a good thing

Nov 13, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

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I was looking over the history of the Manager of the Year award in preparation for this year’s winners being announced tonight and it struck me just how many of them were fired within a couple years.

Jim Tracy won in 2009 and was canned by the Rockies last month.

Lou Piniella won in 2008 and stepped down from the Cubs in mid-2010.

Bob Melvin won in 2007 and was fired by the Diamondbacks in early 2009.

Eric Wedge won in 2007 and was fired by the Indians after 2009.

Joe Girardi won in 2006 and was let go by the Marlins that same year.

Buck Showalter won in 2004 and was canned by the Rangers after 2006.

Tony Pena won in 2003 and was fired by the Royals after 2005.

There are more examples, but you get the idea. Ron Gardenhire and Bud Black were the 2010 winners and both remain on the job, but they’ve combined to go 276-372 since then for a .426 winning percentage.

As for why so many Manager of the Year winners are goners within 2-3 years … I’m not sure. It might be due to the winners often coming from teams that surprised people and out-performed preseason expectations significantly, and in many cases those teams come back down to earth in the following seasons. Or maybe it’s just the nature of being a big-league manager and the lack of job security is just more noticeable when they have a recent award.

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