Athletics manager Bob Melvin and Nationals manager Davey Johnson were named the Manager of the Year award winners tonight, the BBWAA announced. Melvin received 16 first place votes and beat out Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who received 12. That surprised me, but Melvin was certainly deserving given his club’s late-season run to the AL West title. Joe Girardi received five third place votes and finished fifth in the voting.
Johnson received 23 first place votes and finished well ahead of second place Dusty Baker. It’s his second Manager of the Year award and he obviously has New York ties thanks to the 1986 Mets. Here is the full voting for the AL and NL. The Cy Young awards will be announced tomorrow, but no Yankees are among the finalists. CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and even Rafael Soriano could draw votes though.