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1980 Candidates

A very good manager. Might the health issues that kept him out of the Pirate dugout keep him from the HoME?

A very good manager. Might the health issues that kept him out of the Pirate dugout keep him from the HoME?

The two managers who headline the 1980 election are about as different as can be. Both Leo Durocher and Walter Alston are Hall of Famers. Both gained most (or all) of their accord for managing New York teams. But that’s where the comparisons seem to end. Durocher was a cult of personality. Alson was quiet, said just to be a cog in the Dodger system. For fun, Durocher drank and gambled. Alston didn’t. He made furniture.

Both, clearly, were great managers.

Other managers this election are an interesting bunch. We have the leader of the Miracle Mets, a guy who managed the Pirates four times, the guy whose only World Series title came after his predecessor stepped down after two straight victories, a guy who made contenders out of two moribund franchises, and a guy who clung to pitcher usage patterns of his managerial grandfathers.

With nine World Series titles and nearly 9000 combined wins, it seems we’ll be able to add to the Hall of Miller and Eric this election. Let’s check ‘em out.

	                                                      G>    WS    Flags
                    Yrs     From        W      L       %    .500    Won   Won
=====================================================================================
Gil Hodges           9    1963-1971     660    753   .467    -93     1     1
Leo Durocher        24    1939-1973    2008   1709   .540    299     1     3
Walter Alston       23    1954-1976    2040   1613   .558    427     4     7
Bill Rigney         18    1956-1976    1239   1321   .484    -82     0     0
Danny Murtaugh      15    1957-1976    1115    950   .540    165     2     2
Paul Richards       12    1951-1976     923    901   .506     22     0     0
Al Dark             13    1961-1977     994    954   .510     40     1     2

Will any get to the Hall of Miller and Eric? Will any of them move on to our second phase? All of this and more will be revealed when results are announced on Friday.

Miller

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