Last week, I said that I didn't feel there were five legitimate candidates for the NL Manager of the Year award. The past seven days did nothing to change that opinion.
Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was making the hardest charge among the top candidates with his team tied for first place in the NL Central. But four consecutive losses last week doused the Pirates' hot streak, and they begin this week four games behind the Reds for the division lead.
Whatever chances Hurdle had to supplant Don Mattingly and Davey Johnson for one of the top two spots in our rankings may have been shot down there. But there's still plenty of time for that to change.
No offense to Fredi Gonzalez, but will a true fifth candidate eventually emerge to join the top contenders for NL Manager of the Year? Here are the four skippers that currently look like the favorites for the award.