As we sit now, the Mariners are on the outside, looking in, for a playoff spot. That ever so important playoff spot to bring the Mariners out of their 17-year and running playoff drought. Still, 28 games remain in the regular season and the M’s have a fighting chance of getting in.
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If Seattle had maintained their winning ways, and built upon that 56-32 record they had on July 5, then maybe Servais would win AL manager of the year or at the very least gain some votes.
As of today, my vote would go to former Mariners and current Athletics skipper Bob Melvin. Not only were the Mariners not expected to do much this season, the A’s were expected to finish last in the AL West, by most experts. Melvin deserves to win due to the way the Athletics play baseball. They hit, pitch, run and field well, their record is no fluke as it stands.
Alex Cora, Boston – The former utility infielder has led the Boston Red Sox to an MLB best 93-42 record as of 8/31, They are a serious threat to surpass the MLB record for most wins in a season (116) held by the 1906 Cubs and the 2001 Seattle Mariners.
Aaron Boone, New York – Boone in his first season as the New York Yankees skipper has led the team to a wild card-leading 85-50 record as of 8/31. The Bronx Bombers are currently sitting five games up on the Athletics for that number one wild card spot.
Three years into his tenure as the Seattle Mariners manager, Servais is making mistakes in the dugout, he shouldn’t. The M’s, as a team, have struggled at times as a result. Although his team has had a good season, it hasn’t been good enough for Servais to earn American League manager of the year votes.