NL Manager of the Year Rankings: Pirates Skipper Clint Hurdle Makes a Charge

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NL Manager of the Year Rankings: Pirates Skipper Clint Hurdle Makes a Charge
Don't look now, but Clint Hurdle has the Pittsburgh Pirates in first place. (Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE)

May I be honest here? I don't think there are five candidates for NL Manager of the Year anymore. 

Ozzie Guillen was on the list, but the Miami Marlins have lost six in a row when the NL East lead was there for the taking. Sure, he could be a candidate again. But he's not right now.

Who else could take his place? Do the Cincinnati Reds hold first place in the NL Central despite Dusty Baker or because of him? Should either Bruce Bochy or Kirk Gibson be considered, even though the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks have played far below expectations? Brad Mills has the Houston Astros playing above expectations, but his team's lack of talent is getting increasingly exposed.

As soon as next week, this list could have a legitimate five possibilities again. But for now, here are the four leading contenders for the NL Manager of the Year award, with one other thrown in. 

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