MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Best Manager in Major League Baseball (BBWAA)

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. The manager with the highest score in each league wins the prestigious Manager of the Year Award.

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"Guys ask me, don't I get burned out? How can you get burned out doing something you love? I ask you, have you ever got tired of kissing a pretty girl?" - Tommy Lasorda (1983 & 1988 National League Manager of the Year)

American League Manager of the Year Award

American League Manager of the Year Award

Managers of the Year in Chronological Order

West
1 st
99-63
East
1 st
104-58
East
1 st
99-62
John McNamara (1)
East
1 st
95-66
East
1 st
98-64
West
1 st
104-58
East
2 nd
87-55
West
2 nd
94-68
West
1 st
95-67
West
1 st
96-66
West
1 st
94-68
Buck Showalter (1)
East
1 st
70-43
West
1 st
79-66
West
1 st
90-72
East
1 st
92-70
East
1 st
98-64
East
1 st
114-48
East
2 nd
94-68
Central
1 st
95-67
West
1 st
116-46
West
2 nd
99-63
Central
3 rd
83-79
Buck Showalter (2)
West
3 rd
89-73
Central
1 st
99-63
Jim Leyland (3)
Central
2 nd
95-67
Central
1 st
96-66
Joe Maddon (1)
East
1 st
97-65
West
1 st
97-65
Central
1 st
94-68
Joe Maddon (2)
East
2 nd
91-71
West
1 st
94-68
Central
2 nd
92-70
Buck Showalter (3)
East
1 st
96-66
West
1 st
88-74
Central
1 st
94-67
Central
2 nd
85-77
West
2 nd
97-65
Central
1 st
101-61
2020
Not Yet Announced (x)
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American League Manager of the Year | Bold = Member of Baseball Hall of Fame

National League Manager of the Year Award

American League Manager of the Year Award

Managers of the Year in Chronological Order

West
1 st
91-71
Jim Frey (1)
East
1 st
96-65
East
1 st
101-61
West
1 st
96-66
East
3 rd
91-71
West
1 st
94-67
East
1 st
93-69
Jim Leyland (1)
East
1 st
95-67
West
1 st
94-68
Jim Leyland (2)
East
1 st
96=66
East
2 nd
103-59
East
1 st
74-40
West
2 nd
77-67
West
1 st
91-71
West
1 st
90-72
Central
1 st
102-60
Jack McKeon (1)
Central
2 nd
96-67
West
1 st
97-65
East
2 nd
86-76
Central
1 st
97-65
Jack McKeon (2)
East
2 nd
75-49
East
1 st
96-66
East
1 st
90-72
East
4 th
78-84
West
1 st
90-72
Central
1 st
97-64
West
2 nd
92-70
West
2 nd
90-72
West
1 st
94-68
East
1 st
98-64
Central
2 nd
94-68
East
1 st
96-66
Joe Maddon (3)
Central
3 rd
97-65
West
1 st
91-71
West
2 nd
93-69
Brian Snitker (1)
East
1 st
90-72
Mike Shildt (1)
Central
1 st
91-71
2020
Not Yet Announced (x)
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National League Manager of the Year | Bold = Member of Baseball Hall of Fame
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Bobby Cox was the first manager to win the BBWAA Manager of the Year Award in each league. Tony La Russa was the first manager to receive the BBWAA Manager of the Year Award on four different occasions and in 2002, became the second manager to win the award at least once in each league, joining Cox .

The voting system awards five points to the managers for first place, three for second place, and one for third place. Those votes are combined and the manager with the highest score from each respective league wins.

Did you know that Joe Girardi is the only manager to win the award after fielding a team (the 2006 Florida Marlins ) with a losing record (78-84)?

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