The Manager of the Year Award will be awarded on November 12th and won’t be shy on big names. The American League representatives for the award are Aaron Boone (New York Yankees), Rocco Baldelli (Minnesota Twins), and Kevin Cash (Tampa Bay Rays). The National league representatives will be Craig Counsell (Milwaukee Brewers), Mike Shildt (St. Louis Cardinals), and Brian Snitker (Atlanta Braves). Below you will find some highlights of the season and a prediction at the end.
Aaron Boone-New York Yankees
The New York Yankees finished the season with the second best record in the American League with a 103-59 record. While predictions put the Yankees right around the win total, that was before what seemed like every starter got injured. The only thing the Yankees struggled with in 2019 was fielding a consistent lineup. If you would of said that Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, James Paxton, Gary Sanchez, Aaron Hicks, and Luis Severino all would spend significant time on the IL, you would think they might miss the playoffs. The team didn’t over achieve overall but considering all the circumstances, Boone kept the team in the right direction and won the AL East.
Rocco Baldelli-Minnesota Twins
In his first season as a manager Rocco Baldelli did not disappoint. The Twins ran away with the AL Central Division and led the league in HR’s with a record setting 307. While Minnesota was projected to contend in the Central nobody really expected them to surpass the 100 win plateau. The 101 wins were the most in a season for the Twins since 1965 and was an impressive 23 wins better than last year. Baldelli seemed to quiet the critics of his hire this season and it will be interesting to see what this team is able to accomplish the next few season.
Kevin Cash-Tampa Bay Rays
In 2019 the Tampa Bay Rays finished the season with 96 wins, but its more about how they achieved that amount. The Rays are the inventor of the “Opener” and used the strategy more than any other team. Tampa is consistently one of the best scouting teams and get the most out of the players that they have. Cash implemented his bullpen differently than almost every team and it contributed to the Rays leading the AL in ERA.
Craig Counsell-Milwaukee Brewers
Craig Counsell navigated a complicated season with injuries and players that did not perform to previous year standards. The big loss was Christian Yelich who was out for the last few weeks of the season. The Brewers were still able to clinch a Wild Card spot before falling to the eventual champion Nationals. Counsell has used his bullpen more than most teams as part of his strategy and also relies on a lot of versatility in the lineup that has paid off for Milwaukee the last couple of years.
Mike Shildt-St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Shildt led the Cardinals to a division title in the ultra competitive NL Central and was able to reach the NLCS. The Cardinals made a run after the All-Star break and that is when they started to play up to expectations. This was the Cardinals first playoff appearance since 2015 and the team made it to the NLCS for the first time since 2014. While the Cardinals only increased their win total by three it was the difference between a third place finish last year and a division title this year.
Brian Snitker-Atlanta Braves
The reigning Manager of the Year Brian Snitker led the Atlanta Braves to their second consecutive NL East Division Title this season. The Braves improved their overall record by seven wins this season and at times looked like the best team in the National League. Snitker is tasked with managing the young superstars on this roster and mixing the good veterans in their as well and has been able to do so pretty successfully.
- Kevin Cash-Tampa Bay Rays
- Aaron Boone-New York Yankees
- Rocco Baldelli-Minnesota Twins
- Mike Schildt-St. Louis Cardinals
- Brian Snitker-Atlanta Braves
- Craig Counsell-Milwaukee Brewers