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Kirk Gibson Named National League Manager of the Year
 
 
 
Former Spartan Kirk Gibson has been named the 2011 National League Manager of the Year.
 
Former Spartan Kirk Gibson has been named the 2011 National League Manager of the Year.
 
 

Nov. 16, 2011

Former Michigan State All-American Kirk Gibson has been named the 2011 National League Manager of the Year, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Wednesday.

In his first full season as a manager, Gibson led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 94-68 record and an NL West title. The 94 wins were a 29-game improvement from 2010, when the Diamondbacks finished in last place with a 65-97 mark.

In the NL Divisional Playoffs, Arizona fell in five games to Milwaukee.

Gibson received 28 of a possible 32 first-place votes for 152 points.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Gibson is just the fourth major leaguer to win both an MVP award (Los Angeles Dodgers, 1988) and a Manager of the Year Award.

 

 

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