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MLB Manager of the Year Award 2012 Predictions: Who WILL Win and Who SHOULD Win?

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MLB Manager of the Year Award 2012 Predictions: Who WILL Win and Who SHOULD Win?
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The Orioles went from 69 wins to 93 under Buck Showalter.

For most of the 2012 season, the Manager of the Year awards in the American and National Leagues looked as if they'd be kept to the I-95 corridor that connects Baltimore to Washington, D.C. 

Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter looked like the obvious choice in the AL, leading his team to an improbable challenge of the New York Yankees in the AL East. Meanwhile, neighboring manager Davey Johnson led the Washington Nationals to the best record in the NL.

But as the season progressed, other candidates emerged for consideration—at least one of whom could end up winning an award that appeared to be decided long ago. 

Will the voters go with a tried-and-true storyline or look a little deeper in deciding who should be Manager of the Year? Who will win and who should win? Here's one opinion as to how the final voting should go.

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