Major League Baseball Manager of the Year Award
Lou Piniella - 2008 - cropped.jpg
Lou Piniella won the 2008 National League Manager of the Year Award, and won twice in the American League.
SportBaseball
LeagueMajor League Baseball
Awarded forBest manager of American League and National League
CountryUnited States, Canada
Presented byBaseball Writers' Association of America
History
First award1983
Most recent

In Major League Baseball, the Manager of the Year Award is an honor given annually since 1983 to two outstanding managers, one each 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 submits 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 in which they led their team to 100 or more wins. They are:

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.[11] La Russa, Piniella, Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin, Davey Johnson, and Joe Maddon have since won the award in both leagues.[2][6][12] Cox and La Russa have won the most awards, with four.[6][11] Baker, Leyland, Piniella, Showalter, Maddon and Melvin [13] have won three times.[2][7][12] In 2005, Cox became the first manager to win the award in consecutive years.[11] Cash became the second manager in 2021, and first in the AL, to win the award in consecutive years.[14] Kevin Cash and Gabe Kapler are the most recent winners.

Because of the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike cut the season short and canceled 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.[15][16] 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. Buck Rodgers was the first, winning the award in 1987 with the third-place Expos.[17] 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.[18][19] Joe Girardi is the only manager to win the award with a fourth-place team (2006 Florida Marlins);[20] he is also the only manager to win the award after fielding a team with a losing record.

Key

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

American League

Kevin Cash, 2020 and 2021 AL winner
Kevin Cash, 2020 and 2021 AL winner
Year Manager Team Division Finish Record
Tony La Russa Chicago White Sox West 1st
99–63
Sparky Anderson Detroit Tigers East 1st
104–58
Bobby Cox Toronto Blue Jays East 1st
99–62
John McNamara Boston Red Sox East 1st
95–66
Sparky Anderson (2) Detroit Tigers East 1st
98–64
Tony La Russa (2) Oakland Athletics West 1st
104–58
Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles East 2nd
87–75
Jeff Torborg Chicago White Sox West 2nd
94–68
Tom Kelly Minnesota Twins West 1st
95–67
Tony La Russa (3) Oakland Athletics West 1st
96–66
Gene Lamont Chicago White Sox West 1st
94–68
Buck Showalter New York Yankees East 1st
70–43
Lou Piniella 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
Davey Johnson Baltimore Orioles East 1st
98–64
Joe Torre (2) New York Yankees East 1st
114–48
Jimy Williams Boston Red Sox East 2nd
94–68
Jerry Manuel Chicago White Sox Central 1st
95–67
Lou Piniella (2) Seattle Mariners West 1st
116–46
Mike Scioscia Anaheim Angels West 2nd
99–63
Tony Peña Kansas City Royals Central 3rd
83–79
Buck Showalter (2) Texas Rangers West 3rd
89–73
Ozzie Guillén Chicago White Sox Central 1st
99–63
Jim Leyland (3) Detroit Tigers Central 2nd
95–67
Eric Wedge Cleveland Indians Central 1st
96–66
Joe Maddon Tampa Bay Rays East 1st
97–65
Mike Scioscia (2) Los Angeles Angels West 1st
97–65
Ron Gardenhire Minnesota Twins Central 1st
94–68
Joe Maddon (2) Tampa Bay Rays East 2nd
91–71
Bob Melvin (2) Oakland Athletics West 1st
94–68
Terry Francona Cleveland Indians Central 2nd
92–70
Buck Showalter (3) Baltimore Orioles East 1st
96–66
Jeff Banister Texas Rangers West 1st
88–74
Terry Francona (2) Cleveland Indians Central 1st
94–67
Paul Molitor Minnesota Twins Central 2nd
85–77
Bob Melvin (3) Oakland Athletics West 2nd
97–65
Rocco Baldelli Minnesota Twins Central 1st
101–61
Kevin Cash Tampa Bay Rays East 1st
40–20[a]
Kevin Cash (2) Tampa Bay Rays East 1st
100–62

National League

Gabe Kapler, 2021 NL winner
Gabe Kapler, 2021 NL winner
Year Manager Team Division Finish Record
Tommy Lasorda Los Angeles Dodgers West 1st
91–71
Jim Frey Chicago Cubs East 1st
96–65
Whitey Herzog St. Louis Cardinals East 1st
101–61
Hal Lanier Houston Astros West 1st
96–66
Buck Rodgers Montreal Expos East 3rd
91–71
Tommy Lasorda (2) Los Angeles Dodgers West 1st
94–67
Don Zimmer Chicago Cubs East 1st
93–69
Jim Leyland Pittsburgh Pirates East 1st
95–67
Bobby Cox (2) Atlanta Braves West 1st
94–68
Jim Leyland (2) Pittsburgh Pirates East 1st
96–66
Dusty Baker San Francisco Giants West 2nd
103–59
Felipe Alou Montreal Expos East 1st
74–40
Don Baylor Colorado Rockies West 2nd
77–67
Bruce Bochy San Diego Padres West 1st
91–71
Dusty Baker (2) San Francisco Giants West 1st
90–72
Larry Dierker Houston Astros Central 1st
102–60
Jack McKeon Cincinnati Reds Central 2nd
96–67
Dusty Baker (3) San Francisco Giants West 1st
97–65
Larry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies East 2nd
86–76
Tony La Russa (4) St. Louis Cardinals Central 1st
97–65
Jack McKeon (2) Florida Marlins East 2nd
75–49
Bobby Cox (3) Atlanta Braves East 1st
96–66
Bobby Cox (4) Atlanta Braves East 1st
90–72
Joe Girardi Florida Marlins East 4th
78–84
Bob Melvin Arizona Diamondbacks West 1st
90–72
Lou Piniella (3) Chicago Cubs Central 1st
97–64
Jim Tracy Colorado Rockies West 2nd
92–70
Bud Black San Diego Padres West 2nd
90–72
Kirk Gibson Arizona Diamondbacks West 1st
94–68
Davey Johnson (2) Washington Nationals East 1st
98–64
Clint Hurdle Pittsburgh Pirates Central 2nd
94–68
Matt Williams Washington Nationals East 1st
96–66
Joe Maddon (3) Chicago Cubs Central 3rd
97–65
Dave Roberts Los Angeles Dodgers West 1st
91–71
Torey Lovullo Arizona Diamondbacks West 2nd
93–69
Brian Snitker Atlanta Braves East 1st
90–72
Mike Shildt St. Louis Cardinals Central 1st
91–71
Don Mattingly Miami Marlins East 2nd
31–29[b]
Gabe Kapler San Francisco Giants West 1st
107–55

Notes

  1. ^ Teams played a truncated 60-game season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. ^ Teams played a truncated 60-game season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic

See also

References

General
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