Today in White Sox History: November 8


2000 — On the basis of an unexpected Central Division championship and 95-win season, Sox skipper Jerry Manuel was named the Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He ran away with the award, beating out Art Howe of Oakland, 134-74. Manuel got 25 first-place votes out of a possible 28.

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Mark Liptak is originally from Chicago and has been a White Sox fan since 1960. He and his wife Zoe reside in Pocatello, Idaho where he is the radio voice as part of Idaho State athletics in volleyball, football, women's basketball and softball.

Mark went to the University of Kentucky. He’s been in the sports media profession since 1978 having worked in television sports in three markets between 1978 and 1994. He’s also written for numerous newspapers in addition to his radio duties.

Liptak has covered a Super Bowl, two Kentucky Derby’s, an NCAA woman’s basketball Final Four and worked for CBS-TV during their coverage of the men’s NCAA basketball tournament’s opening rounds held in Boise in 2001.

He is also a Chicago White Sox historian who has written for various web sites over the past 17 years including the Chicago Baseball Museum and Chicago Now / Sox Net, a series of blogs and websites associated with the Chicago Tribune.

He and Zoe have been married for 30 years. Their son, Mason, and his family live in Longview, Texas.

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Fairly or not, I can’t think of Jerry Manuel without thinking about Neal Cotts in Yankee Stadium.

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Right: Very true. And also how Lou Piniella completely outmanaged him in the ALDS vs. Seattle in 2000.

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I kind of liked Manuel. The guy before did not have a brain.

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Are you talking about the discussion at first in the 10th. I do not blame Manuel. Sox problem was a familiar one in the playoffs prior to 05. They could not get a clutch hit.