MLB Manager of the Year Award

Peter Schmuck: Don Baylor was everybody's MVP

Peter Schmuck: Don Baylor was everybody's MVP

Don Baylor, who passed away Monday after a long battle with cancer, will be remembered by long-time Orioles fans as one of the “Baby Birds” who came up from the bottom of the minor-league system to play parts of six seasons in Baltimore in the 1970s.

He was a wonderful combination of speed and power who averaged 29 stolen bases in his four full seasons as an Oriole before being traded to Oakland in the multi-player deal that brought back Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson for one season at Memorial Stadium.

I will remember him as the 1979 American League MVP who led the California Angels to the postseason for the first time in franchise history and was the undisputed clubhouse...