Who should win NL Manager of the Year?

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Who should win NL Manager of the Year?

Major League Baseball will continue to look back on the 2012 season, but only for three more days.

The last of the 2012 postseason accolades will be announced this week, ending in the MVP for each league Thursday evening.

Monday, super-rookies Mike Trout and Bryce Harper each took home the Rookie of the Year Award, which came as no surprise.

Tuesday, the Manager of the Year for each league will be announced. Cincinnati's Dusty Baker, Washington's Davey Johnson and San Francisco's Bruce Bochy were named as the finalists.

Baker managed the Cubs from 2003-06, including the infamous NLCS against the Marlins. He led the Reds to the NL Central title this season and went up 2-0 in the NLDS, but dropped the next three at home to Bochy's Giants, who went on to win their second World Series in three seasons.

Johnson, known mostly for his managing days with the Mets in the mid-to-late '80s, took over as the Nationals skipper in 2011 after holding a position in Washington's front office from 2006-11.

All three managers made the postseason, but Bochy won the World Series while both Johnson and Baker saw their teams vanquished in the Division Series in heartbreaking fashion. By that measure alone, Bochy deserves the award.

One manager who is not on the list and probably should be is Mike Matheny of the Cardinals. The former big-league catcher took over for Tony La Russa and filled in admirably for the Hall of Famer. St. Louis had so much turnover from its championship 2011 season, losing legendary pitching coach Dave Duncan and franchise stud Albert Pujols in addition to La Russa, but Matheny led the team to Game 7 of the NLCS before his luck ran out.

Matheny is just getting started in his managing career, however, so he very well could be in this conversation over the next few years. Johnson, meanwhile, has come out and said he is retiring after 2013, so this may be his last shot.

The awards will be announced Tuesday evening.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Welcoming David DeJesus to the CSN team

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Welcoming David DeJesus to the CSN team

On this episode of SportsTalk Live, David Haugh (Chicago Tribune), Hub Arkush (670 The Score/Pro Football Weekly) and Mark Carman (WGN Radio/Fansided) join Chuck Garfien on the panel. The Bears will reportedly bring Mark Sanchez in to Halas Hall? Really? Sanchez? Why?

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Plus the guy discuss if the White Sox are close to dealing Jose Quintana, Scott Paddock updates NASCAR's Monster Energy Cup Series and we welcome David DeJesus to the CSN team.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Lake Zurich linebacker Jack Sanborn gives verbal commitment to Wisconsin

Lake Zurich linebacker Jack Sanborn gives verbal commitment to Wisconsin

Lake Zurich four-star inside linebacker Jack Sanborn decided to end his recruiting process Wednesday night, giving the Wisconsin Badgers his verbal commitment.

"(Wisconsin) has everything I was looking for," Sanborn said. "I believe I can't go wrong there. They have the academics, great football, the campus is amazing. I feel comfortable there with all of the coaches and the players as well."

Sanborn is the eight known verbal commitment for the Badgers in the Class of 2018 and the second from Illinois, joining Lyons Township quarterback Ben Bryant.

Sanborn is currently ranked as the third-best Illinois player in the Class of 2018 and is one of seven ranked in the top 10 to give an early verbal commitment.

The Class of 2018 won't sign a Letter of Intent until Feb. 1 of next year.