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2018 Manager of the Year winners | MLB.com

The established formula for winning the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s Manager of the Year Award is a regular-season result that greatly exceeds preseason expectation. Brian Snitker and Bob Melvin fit that formula perfectly in 2018, which made the announcement Tuesday night that they were selected as their respective leagues’ top skippers relatively unsurprising.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 13, 2018 at 07:45 PM | 16 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bob melvin, brian snitker, manager of the year

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   1. Man o' Schwar Posted: November 13, 2018 at 07:54 PM (#5786984)
I would love to know who gave Joe Maddon a first place vote. I love Maddon, but I don't feel like he did anything extraordinary this year. The Cubs looked great at times, awful at times, and finished worse off than most everyone thought they would. Unless you're giving him credit for keeping the team in the race despite injuries, but even then I think some other teams had more issues on that front than Chicago did.
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: November 13, 2018 at 08:54 PM (#5787013)
the Manager of the Year is a vote by the sportswriters about themselves--"which team were we the most wrong about at the beginning of the year"--it couldn'ta been us--musta been HIM
   3. DL from MN Posted: November 13, 2018 at 09:16 PM (#5787025)
Melvin is just the eighth manager to earn this award at least three times, joining four-time winners Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa and three-time victors Dusty Baker, Jim Leyland, Lou Piniella, Buck Showalter and Joe Maddon.


Is Bob Melvin a Hall of Famer if he wins it again? Am I underrating him because his name is Bob Melvin?
   4. The Honorable Ardo Posted: November 13, 2018 at 10:01 PM (#5787045)
Maddon kept his pitching staff together with duct tape and baling wire, so I can see giving him a vote. But it blows me away that neither Counsell nor Cora, the two best managers of 2018, were chosen.
   5. Jose is an Absurd Kahuna Posted: November 13, 2018 at 10:04 PM (#5787049)
As a Red Sox fan I’m disappointed Cora didn’t win but the A’s had a terrific year and obviously Cora had an absurd amount of talent at his disposal. For me Cash would’ve gotten the vote. Tampa did stuff in the off season that made it look like they were going to tank and they did stuff, the opener, pretty much all year that required both in game tactical acumen and probably a considerable amount of clubhouse management to keep everyone happy and buying in.
   6. The Run Fairy Posted: November 13, 2018 at 10:10 PM (#5787051)
I would love to know who gave Joe Maddon a first place vote.


Bruce Levine. The complete voting breakdown is on the bbwaa website.
   7. Man o' Schwar Posted: November 13, 2018 at 10:22 PM (#5787055)
Thanks, didn't know they did that. I guess it's not surprising that it's a Chicago guy.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: November 13, 2018 at 10:34 PM (#5787058)
For me Cash would’ve gotten the vote. Tampa did stuff in the off season that made it look like they were going to tank a


Not just the offseason. They were sellers at the trade deadline, and still kept winning.

They won 90 games. Cash should have gotten it.


the Manager of the Year is a vote by the sportswriters about themselves--"which team were we the most wrong about at the beginning of the year"--it couldn'ta been us--musta been HIM


As opposed to all the projection systems that pegged the A's and Braves as playoff teams.
   9. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: November 14, 2018 at 09:17 AM (#5787125)
As opposed to all the projection systems that pegged the A's and Braves as playoff teams.


Right. There's a grain of truth in the "they just vote for the manager of teams they were wrong about" idea, but there were good reasons the Braves and A's (and Rays) were projected poorly. I'm not saying it's harder to manage a team of teenagers to a division crown than it is to manage a team of superstars to a World Series trophy, but if you're a team that can just casually replace an allstar shortstop with Manny Machado, for fun, the manager isn't going to get a lot of credit there.

I think Cash did a very good job in Tampa, but I think that front office is more the "smarter than everyone else" ones, more so than the on field manager.
   10. DL from MN Posted: November 14, 2018 at 09:49 AM (#5787144)
I give Cash a lot of credit. Just motivating everyone to get ready to play in an empty building for home games must be a struggle.
   11. The Interdimensional Council of Rickey!'s Posted: November 14, 2018 at 11:26 AM (#5787249)
I give Cash a lot of credit. Just motivating everyone to get ready to play in an empty building for home games must be a struggle.


You are not wrong about this.
   12. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: November 14, 2018 at 01:23 PM (#5787398)
I just stopped by to say that 1) Cash should have won in the AL, and 2) I truly didn't even know who Brian Snitker was until this announcement.
   13. Master of the Horse Posted: November 14, 2018 at 01:59 PM (#5787426)
Did Counsell not win because the writers didn't think he was old enough? And of course a Chicago writer votes for Maddon which is such obvious asskissing.
   14. Baldrick Posted: November 14, 2018 at 02:07 PM (#5787428)
Snitker feels (as a non-Atlanta fan) like a super generic guy, who happened to be in charge of a team where a lot of players did well. I'd certainly have a hard time pointing to anything in particular he did that made him the best manager this year. That said, it's fundamentally kind of a silly award so whatever. I don't see anyone else that should obviously have finished ahead of him.
   15. Khrushin it bro Posted: November 14, 2018 at 03:24 PM (#5787486)
Maddon kept his pitching staff together with duct tape and baling wire, so I can see giving him a vote. But it blows me away that neither Counsell nor Cora, the two best managers of 2018, were chosen.


The A's pitching staff had crazy injuries and they won 97 games, who knows how many more wins they would have had with Sale and Price.
   16. flournoy Posted: November 14, 2018 at 07:33 PM (#5787600)
Snitker is a pretty easy guy to root for. He's been in the Braves' organization for 41 years. It's fun to see guys like him succeed.

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