Tuesday, November 8, 2005, 1:57 pm
Allow Me a Moment …
How in the world can Ken Williams not be named Executive of the Year by The Sporting News? You have got to be kidding me. Voting was done by two executives from each major-league club. In my opinion, they should be embarrassed.
Worse, the winner wasn’t someone from the National League. It was Mark Shapiro of the Indians. Nothing against Mark — he certainly did a great job and the Indians improved from 80 wins to 93 (six victories short of the Sox) — but my guess is that if you went back and checked on all the preseason rankings, most (or at least many) had the Indians ahead of the Sox. So all KW does is re-make the team in one year, win 99 games, capture the division, and he loses to the team that "underperformed" according to many preseason picks? C’mon.
Kenny has too much class to ever complain, but this result is ridiculous.
Tomorrow is the BBWAA announcement on managers of the year. No way it can’t be Ozzie, is there?
Now, I feel a little better … but only a little.