Let it be said that Clint Hurdle didn't deserve to win NL Manager of the Year. Many will insist he should've won the honor and if you condense an entire season into the last two weeks of the regular season and the first two rounds of the playoffs, I would agree. However, no matter how easy it is to lose site of the first five months of mediocrity that preceded the amazing final stretch, I must take umbrage with the Hurdle is God contingency.
The Rockies' improbable September run wouldn't have been necessary if not for the many games throughout the season where Hurdle seemed to have received a dugout lobotomy. Minimizing the damage of the early season LaTroy Hawkins struggles could've won a few extra games. Ditto for Fuentes' midseason roadtrip nosedive. I haven't even mentioned Jorge Julio's role in trying to destroy the season in August and September with Hurdle playing the role of enabler. I realize he was just "going by the book", but that's the point. A chimp probably could've done a similar job if given basic knowledge of "the book". Throughout the season he didn't ever seem to make a brilliant move based on instinct. As many of Hurdle's late season and playoff moves turned to pure gold, a far greater amount of decisions earlier in the season turned into feces.
So, yes, no gold gloves for the team is complete rubbish. Tulo probably should've received ROY. Holliday would be a deserving MVP (but won't get it). But, does Hurdle deserve NL Manager of the Year? Nope.......3rd place in the voting sounds more than fair to a consistent observer of the team's season, with an actual bias for his team.....(by the way, his daughter ain't bad looking)