Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award

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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 30 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] Sparky Anderson and Tony La Russa finished with identical 104–58 records in 1984 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, Davey Johnson, and Joe Maddon 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, Piniella, Showalter and Maddon have won three times.[2][6][10] In 2005, Cox became the first manager to win the award in consecutive years.[9] Bob Melvin and Brian Snitker 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 six 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
Bold The manager's team won the World Series in the same season

Winners[edit]

American League[edit]

Joe Maddon (2008 and 2011 AL Manager of the Year; 2015 NL 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, 2018 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
Tony La Russa (1) Chicago White Sox West 1st
99–63
1984
Sparky Anderson (1) Detroit Tigers East 1st
104–58
1985
Bobby Cox (1) Toronto Blue Jays East 1st
99–62
1986
John McNamara Boston Red Sox East 1st
95–66
1987
Sparky Anderson (2) Detroit Tigers East 1st
98–64
1988
Tony La Russa (2) Oakland Athletics West 1st
104–58
1989
Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles East 2nd
87–75
1990
Jeff Torborg Chicago White Sox West 2nd
94–68
1991
Tom Kelly Minnesota Twins West 1st
95–67
1992
Tony La Russa (3) Oakland Athletics West 1st
96–66
1993
Gene Lamont Chicago White Sox West 1st
94–68
1994[b]
Buck Showalter (1) New York Yankees East 1st
70–43
1995
Lou Piniella (1) Seattle Mariners West 1st
79–66
1996^[c]
Johnny Oates Texas Rangers West 1st
90–72
1996^[c]
Joe Torre New York Yankees East 1st
92–70
1997
Davey Johnson (1) Baltimore Orioles East 1st
98–64
1998
Joe Torre (2) New York Yankees East 1st
114–48
1999
Jimy Williams Boston Red Sox East 2nd
94–68
2000
Jerry Manuel Chicago White Sox Central 1st
95–67
2001
Lou Piniella (2) Seattle Mariners West 1st
116–46
2002
Mike Scioscia Anaheim Angels West 2nd
99–63
2003
Tony Peña Kansas City Royals Central 3rd
83–79
2004
Buck Showalter (2) Texas Rangers West 3rd
89–73
2005
Ozzie Guillén Chicago White Sox Central 1st
99–63
2006
Jim Leyland (3) Detroit Tigers Central 2nd
95–67
2007
Eric Wedge Cleveland Indians Central 1st
96–66
2008
Joe Maddon (1) Tampa Bay Rays East 1st
97–65
2009
Mike Scioscia (2) Los Angeles Angels West 1st
97–65
2010
Ron Gardenhire Minnesota Twins Central 1st
94–68
2011
Joe Maddon (2) Tampa Bay Rays East 2nd
91–71
2012
Bob Melvin (2) Oakland Athletics West 1st
94–68
2013
Terry Francona Cleveland Indians Central 2nd
92–70
2014
Buck Showalter (3) Baltimore Orioles East 1st
96–66
2015
Jeff Banister Texas Rangers West 1st
88–74
2016
Terry Francona (2) Cleveland Indians Central 1st
94–67
2017
Paul Molitor Minnesota Twins Central 2nd
85–77
2018
Bob Melvin (3) Oakland Athletics West 2nd
97–65

National League[edit]

Year Manager Team Division Finish Record
1983
Tommy Lasorda (1) Los Angeles Dodgers West 1st
91–71
1984
Jim Frey (1) Chicago Cubs East 1st
96–65
1985
Whitey Herzog St. Louis Cardinals East 1st
101–61
1986
Hal Lanier Houston Astros West 1st
96–66
1987
Buck Rodgers Montréal Expos East 3rd
91–71
1988
Tommy Lasorda (2) Los Angeles Dodgers West 1st
94–67
1989
Don Zimmer Chicago Cubs (2) East 1st
93–69
1990
Jim Leyland (1) Pittsburgh Pirates East 1st
95–67
1991
Bobby Cox (2) Atlanta Braves West 1st
94–68
1992
Jim Leyland (2) Pittsburgh Pirates East 1st
96–66
1993
Dusty Baker (1) San Francisco Giants West 2nd
103–59
1994[b]
Felipe Alou Montréal Expos East 1st
74–40
1995
Don Baylor Colorado Rockies West 2nd
77–67
1996
Bruce Bochy San Diego Padres West 1st
91–71
1997
Dusty Baker (2) San Francisco Giants West 1st
90–72
1998
Larry Dierker Houston Astros Central 1st
102–60
1999
Jack McKeon (1) Cincinnati Reds Central 2nd
96–67
2000
Dusty Baker (3) San Francisco Giants West 1st
97–65
2001
Larry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies East 2nd
86–76
2002
Tony La Russa (4) St. Louis Cardinals Central 1st
97–65
2003
Jack McKeon (2) Florida Marlins East 2nd
75–49
2004
Bobby Cox (3) Atlanta Braves East 1st
96–66
2005
Bobby Cox (4) Atlanta Braves East 1st
90–72
2006
Joe Girardi Florida Marlins East 4th
78–84
2007
Bob Melvin (1) Arizona Diamondbacks West 1st
90–72
2008
Lou Piniella (3) Chicago Cubs Central 1st
97–64
2009
Jim Tracy Colorado Rockies West 2nd
92–70
2010
Bud Black San Diego Padres West 2nd
90–72
2011
Kirk Gibson Arizona Diamondbacks West 1st
94–68
2012
Davey Johnson (2) Washington Nationals East 1st
98–64
2013
Clint Hurdle Pittsburgh Pirates Central 2nd
94–68
2014
Matt Williams Washington Nationals East 1st
96–66
2015
Joe Maddon (3) Chicago Cubs Central 3rd
97–65
2016
Dave Roberts Los Angeles Dodgers West 1st
91–71
2017
Torey Lovullo Arizona Diamondbacks West 2nd
93–69
2018
Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves East 1st
90–72

Notes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • "Manager of the Year Award Winners". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2009.
  • "MLB Awards (Manager of the Year Award Winners)". Major League Baseball. Retrieved May 25, 2009.
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.
  8. ^ "Whitey Herzog Managerial Record". 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.
  11. ^ "Buck Showalter Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2009.
  12. ^ "Felipe Alou Managerial Record". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 25, 2009.
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