Melvin & Johnson take home Manager of the Year awards


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.

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  • RetroRob

    Not much interest in MOY, although I was surprised that Showalter didn’t win, yet either would be a fine choice.

    Be curious to see if Jeter finishes 6th for MVP voting. His 2014 salary already has been bumped up $1.5M thanks to winning the Silver Slugger. It jumps another $2M if he finishes between 2-6 in MVP voting, and can compound even higher if he does it again in 2013. The bargain rate deal for 2014 could disappear. Yet I think most, including the Yankees, were fine with that when the deal was signed since it would mean that Jeter was not done. More were concerned that he’d collapse so far that they’d have to eat the 2014 $8M. I’d rather have the better and more expensive Jeter.

    • vicki

      amen. may he earn every incentive, here on out.

    • Anthony

      Incentives/bonuses don’t count towards the payroll cap, right? I know that’s 2014 but just curious.

      • RetroRob

        His 2014 salary has gone from $8M to $9.5M by winning the Silver Slugger. If he finished 6th in the MVP voting on Thursday, his 2014 salary goes up another two million to $11.5M. Yes, that will count toward the payroll cap of $189M. So every million that Jeter’s salary goes up is another million that has to be found elsewhere.

        • Anthony

          Oh wow, I had no idea. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he finishes in the top 6.