Sports radio knows how to take a subject the general public really does not care that deeply about and turn it into hours, days of outrage and caterwauling.
We’re going on two days now of the outrage of many local hosts over the selection of Terry Francona as Manager of Year over John Farrell by the BBWAA.
The vote was close, both were very deserving, but Francona got the award. It’s not like it was overwhelming in Tito’s favor and that Farrell got totally snubbed.
Shockingly, I actually come down on Mike Felger’s take on this, which was that many of the hosts were embarrassing themselves with how far they were taking their outrage. (An incredibly ironic statement coming from Felger, I know.)
Yes, there were a couple of head-scratching ballots submitted, and WEEI endeavored to get both voters onto its airwaves, not to have a discussion with them, but seemingly to do nothing but berate them.
Some of the discussion about the methods of the BBWAA and the history of odd voters within was interesting at times, but all in all, the subject wasn’t worthy of the time that has been invested into it.
For what it’s worth, the IBWAA (Internet Baseball Writers Association of America) which has members from organizations like MLB.com, ESPN, Yahoo! Sports, CBSSports.com and Grantland, selected Farrell as manager of the year.