Bud Black of the San Diego Padres was named National League Manager of the Year Wednesday, beating the Cincinnati Reds’ Dusty Baker by one point. The Padres went 90-72 this season, missing out on the playoffs by one game, and just two games behind the World Series winning San Francisco Giants.
Biggest Win Improvement
2009 to 2010
Although the Padres sputtered to the finish, it’s the most games the Padres have won since 1998, the last time they went to the World Series. Black’s teams have had at least a 12-win increase in each of the last two seasons.
The Reds finished one game better than the Padres at 91-71 this season and Baker just missed out on his fourth Manager of the Year award, which would have tied him with Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa for the all-time record.
Cincinnati led the league in hitting, runs and OPS and were second, and they’ve also increased their win total every year that Baker has been there. But their 13-win increase this season was second in all of baseball to the Padres, who won 15 more games than they did last year.