Clearly this was written before the Rockies installed their humidor. If the logic is "Well, that owner won the league so he should be GM of the year" then we don't need this award. We already have this award - it's called the Copperfield Trophy. This award is meant to recognize the owner that did the best job of managing his team throughout the season, not who had the best draft or walked in with the best players.
The GM of the Year could easily be an owner whose team finished sixth, but during the season the owner picked up some talent on waiver wires, made astute trades to put them in position to compete next year, freed up some salary to give them flexibility at next year's draft, etc.
The main problem in trying to vote for this award the way it's supposed to be voted on is that during the course of a loooong season, we are focused on our teams, making our moves, living our lives, working, family time, etc. It is very difficult to also monitor what another owner does when the moves are more subtle. If one owner makes a ton of trades to acquire massive young, inexpensive talent - that's not too hard to identify. But the intelligent waiver claim, the subtle trade, the constant bi-weekly tweaking of the active roster is less easy to identify - especially if that owner's team isn't all that talented to begin with. But that owner could have worked his ass of to have his team finish 6th when had he not worked as hard as he did, the team easily could have finished last.
In fact, in the seventeen years the award has been handed out, only two and a half times has the award gone to an owner who did not also win the league. In 2008 Bob Boryca won the GM award despite the Stones (Steve Olson) winning the league. The following year in 2009 Matt Bentel won the GM award when the Kenndoza Line (Kenn Ruby) won the title over Bentel in a tie-breaker. And last year (this is the "half" I referred to) Mike Coulter (who won the CFCL title) and Rich Bentel (Dem Rebels) tied in the voting for GM of the Year. Here are all the past winner:
|1996||Rich Bentel||Dem Rebels|
|1997||David Mahlan||David's Copperfields|
|1998||David Holian||David's Ruffins|
|1999||Kelly Barone||Six Packs|
|2000||David Mahlan||David's Copperfields|
|2001||David Mahlan||David's Copperfields|
|2004||Steve Olson||Steve's Stones|
|2005||David Mahlan||David's Copperfields|
|2006||David Holian||David's Ruffins|
|2007||Kenn Ruby||Kenndoza Line|
|2008||Bob Boryca||Mo's Red Hots|
2010 David Holian David's Ruffins
2011 David Holian David's Ruffins
2012 Mike Coulter Candy Colored Clowns
Rich Bentel Dem Rebels