Announced today, Lou Piniella won his third Manager of the Year award. From Cubs.com:
Piniella finished with 15 first-place votes, eight second-place votes and four third-place votes for a total of 103 points, well ahead of the runner-up, Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel, who totaled 67 points.
The team was successful despite beginning the season with a few experiments. For example, Ryan Dempster was switching from closer to starter and ended up winning a career-high 17 games and finishing sixth in the NL Cy Young voting. Kerry Wood was making the transition from starter to closer and finished with 34 saves.
Regarding that last paragraph, I'd say the Cubs had such regular season success partly because of those experiments. Well done, Lou.