Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award

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This article is about the award presented by the Baseball Writers Association of America. For the award presented by The Sporting News, see The Sporting News Manager of the Year Award. For English football managerial awards, see FA Premier League Manager of the Year and LMA Manager of the Year.
Lou Piniella won the 2008 National League Manager of the Year Award, and won twice in the American League.

In Major League Baseball, the Manager of the Year Award is an honor given annually since 1983 to the best managers in the American League (AL) and the National League (NL). The winner is voted on by 28 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). Each places a vote for first, second, and third place among the managers of each league.[a] The manager with the highest score in each league wins the award.[1]

Several managers have won the award in a season when they led their team to 100 or more wins. Lou Piniella won 116 games with the Seattle Mariners in 2001,[2] the most by a winning manager, and Joe Torre won 114 with the New York Yankees in 1998.[3] Tony La Russa and Sparky Anderson finished with identical 104–58 records in 1983 and 1988, respectively.[4][5] Three National League managers, including Dusty Baker, Whitey Herzog, and Larry Dierker, have exceeded the century mark as well. Baker's San Francisco Giants won 103 games in 1993;[6] Dierker's 1998 Houston Astros won 102 and Herzog led the Cardinals to 101 wins in the award's third season.[7][8]

In 1991, Bobby Cox became the first manager to win the award in both leagues, winning with the Atlanta Braves and having previously won with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1985.[9] La Russa, Piniella, Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin and Davey Johnson have since won the award in both leagues.[2][4][10] Cox and La Russa have won the most awards, with four.[4][9] Baker, Leyland, and Piniella have won three times.[2][6][10] In 2005, Cox became the first manager to win the award in consecutive years.[9] Terry Francona and Clint Hurdle are the most recent winners.

Because of the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike cut the season short and cancelled the post-season, the BBWAA writers effectively created a de facto mythical national championship (similar to college football) by naming managers of the unofficial league champions (lead the leagues in winning percentage) (Buck Showalter and Felipe Alou) as Managers of the Year.[11][12] Two franchises, the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers, have not had a manager win the award.

Only five managers have won the award while leading a team that finished outside the top two spots in its division. Ted Williams was the first, after leading the "expansion" Washington Senators to a third-place finish (and, at 86-76, their only winning season) in the American League East, in 1969. Buck Rodgers won the award in 1987 with the third-place Expos.[13] Tony Peña and Showalter won the award with third-place teams in back-to-back years: Peña with the Royals in 2003, and Showalter with the Rangers in 2004.[14][15] Joe Girardi is the only manager to win the award with a fourth-place team (2006 Florida Marlins);[16] he is also the only manager to win the award after fielding a team with a losing record.

Key[edit]

dagger Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
^
Indicates multiple award winners in the same year
(#) Number of wins by managers who have won the award multiple times
Year Each year links to that particular Major League Baseball season

Winners[edit]

American League[edit]

Joe Maddon (2008 and 2011 AL Manager of the Year)
Ron Gardenhire (2010 AL Manager of the Year). Gardenhire had previously finished as the runner-up for the award five times, tied for the most with Tony LaRussa.
Bob Melvin (2007 NL Manager of the Year), 2012 AL Manager of the Year
Jim Leyland (1990 and 1992 NL Manager of the Year), 2006 AL Manager of the Year
Year Manager Team Division Finish Record
1983
La Russa, TonyTony La Russa (1) Chicago White Sox West 1st
099 !99–63
1984
Anderson, SparkySparky Anderson (1) Detroit Tigers East 1st
104–58
1985
Cox, BobbyBobby Cox (1) Toronto Blue Jays East 1st
099 !99–62
1986
McNamara, JohnJohn McNamara Boston Red Sox East 1st
095 !95–66
1987
Anderson, SparkySparky Anderson (2) Detroit Tigers East 1st
098 !98–64
1988
La Russa, TonyTony La Russa (2) Oakland Athletics West 1st
104–58
1989
Robinson, FrankFrank Robinson Baltimore Orioles East 2nd
087 !87–75
1990
Torborg, JeffJeff Torborg Chicago White Sox West 2nd
094 !94–68
1991
Kelly, TomTom Kelly Minnesota Twins West 1st
095 !95–67
1992
La Russa, TonyTony La Russa (3) Oakland Athletics West 1st
096 !96–66
1993
Lamont, GeneGene Lamont Chicago White Sox West 1st
094 !94–68
1994[b]
Showalter, BuckBuck Showalter (1) New York Yankees East 1st
070 !70–43
1995
Piniella, LouLou Piniella (1) Seattle Mariners West 1st
079 !79–66
1996^[c]
Oates, JohnnyJohnny Oates Texas Rangers West 1st
090 !90–72
1996^[c]
Torre, JoeJoe Torre New York Yankees East 1st
092 !92–70
1997
Johnson, DaveyDavey Johnson (1) Baltimore Orioles East 1st
098 !98–64
1998
Torre, JoeJoe Torre (2) New York Yankees East 1st
114–48
1999
Williams, JimyJimy Williams Boston Red Sox East 2nd
094 !94–68
2000
Manuel, JerryJerry Manuel Chicago White Sox Central 1st
095 !95–67
2001
Piniella, LouLou Piniella (2) Seattle Mariners West 1st
116–46
2002
Scioscia, MikeMike Scioscia Anaheim Angels West 2nd
099 !99–63
2003
Pena, TonyTony Peña Kansas City Royals Central 3rd
083 !83–79
2004
Showalter, BuckBuck Showalter (2) Texas Rangers West 3rd
089 !89–73
2005
Guillén, OzzieOzzie Guillén Chicago White Sox Central 1st
099 !99–63
2006
Leyland, JimJim Leyland (3) Detroit Tigers Central 2nd
095 !95–67
2007
Wedge, EricEric Wedge Cleveland Indians Central 1st
096 !96–66
2008
Maddon, JoeJoe Maddon (1) Tampa Bay Rays East 1st
097 !97–65
2009
Scioscia, MikeMike Scioscia (2) Los Angeles Angels West 1st
097 !97–65
2010
Gardenhire, RonRon Gardenhire Minnesota Twins Central 1st
094 !94–68
2011
Maddon, JoeJoe Maddon (2) Tampa Bay Rays East 2nd
091 !91–71
2012
Melvin, BobBob Melvin (2) Oakland Athletics West 1st
094 !94–68
2013
Francona, TerryTerry Francona Cleveland Indians Central 2nd
092 !92–70

National League[edit]

Year Manager Team Division Finish Record
1983
Lasorda, TommyTommy Lasorda (1) Los Angeles Dodgers West 1st
091 !91–71
1984
Frey, JimJim Frey Chicago Cubs East 1st
096 !96–65
1985
Herzog, WhiteyWhitey Herzog St. Louis Cardinals East 1st
101–61
1986
Lanier, HalHal Lanier Houston Astros West 1st
096 !96–66
1987
Rodgers, BuckBuck Rodgers Montréal Expos East 3rd
091 !91–71
1988
Lasorda, TommyTommy Lasorda (2) Los Angeles Dodgers West 1st
094 !94–67
1989
Zimmer, DonDon Zimmer Chicago Cubs East 1st
093 !93–69
1990
Leyland, JimJim Leyland (1) Pittsburgh Pirates East 1st
095 !95–67
1991
Cox, BobbyBobby Cox (2) Atlanta Braves West 1st
094 !94–68
1992
Leyland, JimJim Leyland (2) Pittsburgh Pirates East 1st
096 !96–66
1993
Baker, DustyDusty Baker (1) San Francisco Giants West 2nd
103–59
1994[b]
Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou Montréal Expos East 1st
074 !74–40
1995
Baylor, DonDon Baylor Colorado Rockies West 2nd
077 !77–67
1996
Bochy, BruceBruce Bochy San Diego Padres West 1st
091 !91–71
1997
Baker, DustyDusty Baker (2) San Francisco Giants West 1st
090 !90–72
1998
Dierker, LarryLarry Dierker Houston Astros Central 1st
102–60
1999
McKeon, JackJack McKeon (1) Cincinnati Reds Central 2nd
096 !96–67
2000
Baker, DustyDusty Baker (3) San Francisco Giants West 1st
097 !97–65
2001
Bowa, LarryLarry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies East 2nd
086 !86–76
2002
La Russa, TonyTony La Russa (4) St. Louis Cardinals Central 1st
097 !97–65
2003
McKeon, JackJack McKeon (2) Florida Marlins East 2nd
075 !75–49
2004
Cox, BobbyBobby Cox (3) Atlanta Braves East 1st
096 !96–66
2005
Cox, BobbyBobby Cox (4) Atlanta Braves East 1st
090 !90–72
2006
Girardi, JoeJoe Girardi Florida Marlins East 4th
078 !78–84
2007
Melvin, BobBob Melvin (1) Arizona Diamondbacks West 1st
090 !90–72
2008
Piniella, LouLou Piniella (3) Chicago Cubs Central 1st
097 !97–64
2009
Tracy, JimJim Tracy Colorado Rockies West 2nd
092 !92–70
2010
Black, BudBud Black San Diego Padres West 2nd
090 !90–72
2011
Gibson, KirkKirk Gibson Arizona Diamondbacks West 1st
094 !94–68
2012
Johnson, DaveyDavey Johnson (2) Washington Nationals East 1st
098 !98–64
2013
Hurdle, ClintClint Hurdle Pittsburgh Pirates Central 2nd
094 !94–68

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Inline citations
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  3. ^ "Joe Torre Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c "Tony La Russa Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Sparky Anderson Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Dusty Baker Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Larry Dierker Managerial Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
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  10. ^ a b "Jim Leyland Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2009. 
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