This year, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter gave us our first AL East title since 1997. And, you know, it’s not like anyone (I mean, besides Baltimoreans) had much faith in the O’s at the beginning of the season!Not to mention Manny Machado’s, Matt Wieters’s, and JJ Hardy’s stints on the disabled list. Oh and Chris Davis’s drug suspension. If that doesn’t make you Manager of the Year, I don’t know what does. (Well, I guess it doesn’t for Sporting News.)
Showalter handily won the Baseball Writers’s Association of America’s AL Manager of the Year award, with 25 out of 30 first-place votes and 132 points. Runner-up Mike Scioscia (of the Angels) got 4 first-place votes and 61 points. Voting took place at the end of the regular season.
Wieters told the Baltimore Sun that Showalter is “the right man for the job is because he puts guys in positions to succeed.” He also credits Buck with bringing a “winning culture…back to Baltimore.”
Showalter has previously won the award in 1994 (managing the New York Yankees) and 2004 (managing the Texas Rangers). So this one was right on schedule. But don’t get too excited for 2024. Showalter told the MLB Network, “I won’t be doing it 10 years from now.”
Okay, but please spend the rest of your career with us!
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