NL Manager of the Year Rankings: Davey Johnson, Don Mattingly Leading Contenders

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NL Manager of the Year Rankings: Davey Johnson, Don Mattingly Leading Contenders
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With Matt Kemp's injury, Don Mattingly's managerial mettle is about to be tested.

With division races tightening and injuries occurring on various rosters, the National League Manager of the Year race is getting more interesting. 

Obviously, it's still early in the season. Too early, really, to get an idea of how managers will cope and adapt with the trials to be endured through a full 162-game schedule. 

As I wrote last week, expectations typically determine how a manager is viewed. And, based on recent developments, some early projections are now going to be tested.

Which teams will handle success? Who might falter when presented with a challenging division rival? And injuries. Oh, those injuries; there might be no greater test for a manager to deal with.

Taking those factors into consideration, these five managers look like the current top contenders for the 2012 NL Manager of the Year award.

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