As injury and Adderall claimed Orioles stars during the 2014 season, Buck Showalter assumed the bulk of the credit for keeping his team on a roll toward the squad’s first AL East division title since 1997. But, by the slimmest of margins, the manager’s efforts weren’t enough to give him the Sporting News’ AL Manager of the Year award.
Showalter lost out to the Anaheim Angels’ Mike Scioscia. Making it a little more reminiscent of the last time we saw the O’s on the field, Buck only lost by a single vote (6-5).
These votes are basically a straw poll of managers at the end of a long regular season, so, yes, they are very subjective. But since it was so close, let’s see how they stack up.
Scioscia’s line, per the Sporting News’ official announcement:
The Angels went 98-64 and won the American League West by 10 games despite being down to the A’s by as many as six games in June. Scioscia accomplished all that despite losing ace Garrett Richards for the season in August and having to deal with a subpar and injury-filled season from former MVP Josh Hamilton.
Not bad for a manager who reportedly was on the hot seat several times as the Angels failed to make the postseason from 2010 to 2013.
Buck led his time to slightly fewer wins (96). But he had more big losses to deal with in the form of catcher Matt Wieters (in June!), Manny Machado, and, finally, the suspension of 2013 home run king Chris Davis. Even the mascot finished the season bruised!
Scioscia has now won the Sporting News’ long-running award three times, pulling him even with Buck. Next year, it’s time for a rubber match.
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