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Today we select our choice for the Manager of the Year in each league. Keep in mind, like the vote that will be revealed today, these results are based on regular season performance. Had it factored in the playoffs, perhaps Ned Yost and Bruce Bochy would have fared better.
Seven MCB staffers picked their top three in each category (though they could choose to name just one or two). Each player finishing first on a writer’s ballot was assigned three points, those finishing in second place received two points, and those in third received one point.
Let’s get to it…
MCB writers were split on the top choice for American League manager. Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia and Orioles’ skipper Buck Showalter each received 16 points a piece to tie for the honor, although Showalter edged out Scioscia with first place votes (4 to 3).
Also receiving votes was former Tigers’ hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, finishing in third place with nine points. Ned Yost was the only other manager to receive a vote, finishing in fourth place with one point.
NL Manager of the Year: Matt Williams
No ties in the National League Manager of the Year award as Matt Williams won the award fairly handily. The Nationals’ head man received 18 points and six of seven first place votes.
Finishing in second is the Pirates’ Clint Hurdle with 11 points and one first place vote. Also receiving votes was Mike Redmond (four points), Don Mattingly (three points), and Bruce Bochy (one point).
Come back tomorrow when we will reveal Motor City Bengals pick for the Cy Young Award winner in each league.