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Joe Maddon never played major league baseball, spending four years in Angels A-ball catching and hitting in the .260s with almost no power.

Kirk Gibson DID play major league baseball, winning the 1988 NL MVP award and earning two World Series rings, with the 1984 Tigers and 1988 Dodgers.

Now, the two have something specific in common, as each has won their respective league's 2011 Manager of the Year award.

Do you agree? Also, I don't know how to look this up, is Gibson the first former MVP to win a Manager of the Year award?

 

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DJRob - Wednesday, November 16 2011 @ 06:04 PM EST (#246752) #
Frank Robinson was Manager of the Year in 1989, and won the MVP in both leagues.
TimberLee - Wednesday, November 16 2011 @ 06:56 PM EST (#246753) #
Just a stab here, but Don Baylor may have been named Manager of the Year at some time.
smcs - Wednesday, November 16 2011 @ 11:15 PM EST (#246761) #
BBWAA official site says: "Gibson was also the fourth former winner of the Most Valuable Player Award to be honored later as a Manager of the Year. He was the NL MVP in 1988 with the Dodgers. The others to do so: Frank Robinson, NL MVP in 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds and American League MVP with the Baltimore Orioles in 1966 and AL Manager of the Year with the Orioles in 1989; Don Baylor, AL MVP with the California Angels in 1979 and NL Manager of the Year with the Colorado Rockies in 1995, and Joe Torre, NL MVP with the Cardinals in 1971 and AL Manager of the Year with the New York Yankees in 1996 (tied with the Texas Rangersí Johnny Oates) and 1998."
mamboon - Wednesday, November 16 2011 @ 11:56 PM EST (#246762) #

Madden was the calming force that unleashed a September storm in the also ran Rays and led them from 9 games back to seize a wild card birth in the AL.  It must be the glasses!

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