Friday, August 27, 2010

BBM Awards MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Eddy Diaz, Oaxaca Guerreros

It was hard to pass over Saltillo manager Orlando Sanchez, who led his team to a second straight Liga pennant, but Eddie Diaz gets the nod over Chihuahua’s Chico Rodriguez because they had tougher jobs of turning around moribund teams in 2010.

Diaz piloted the Guerreros through an at-times difficult year that included the very real possibility of the team having to move out of Oaxaca in midseason because of a ballpark shutdown, but the former Brewers shortstop guided the club to an 18-game improvement from a 42-63 record in 2009 to a 60-45 mark this year and an LMB South finals berth against Puebla.

Rodriguez performed a similar job with a Dorados franchise that spent the offseason wondering if they'd be moving to Chiapas (among other sites), but the turnaround ended with a five-game loss to Monterrey in the Zona Madero semifinals.