In the feature, Lichtman talks about his “Manager of the Year toy” which takes into account (things like) pre-season projected wins, expected wins based on actual linear weights runs, Pythagorean wins, and wins generated from net stolen bases (and maybe some other stuff that I probably missed).
Anywho, when Lichtman runs the numbers, he comes up with a “2008 Manager of the Year Score” for last season’s big league skippers.
Mike Sciosca led the A.L. last year with a score of “6.1″ – and Cecil Cooper led the N.L. with a score of “5.2.” (For bad marks, see Jim Leyland’s -3.3 and Bud Black’s -8.1.) So, how did L.A.’s Joe Torre and New York’s Joe Girardi do?
Torre scored a -.8 and Girardi scored a -.1 (according to the “toy”).
Pretty darn close to each other, huh?