2019 Managers of the Year
The 2019 Managers of the Year were announced last night, and the honors were taken home by two very deserving guys.
National League: Mike Schildt, St. Louis Cardinals
Schildt narrowly beat out fellow NL Central manager Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers, just during the regular season when the Cardinals squeaked past the Brewers for the NL Central title. Actually, Counsell received thirteen first place votes, while Schildt received just ten, but he received more second place votes, and Atlanta’s Brian Snitker’s votes shook it up enough to give Shildt the top honors. All three of these men led their teams to the post season, so it was no surprise that the voting was so knotted up.
American League: Rocco Baldelli, Minnesota Twins
This honor came as a shock only to Yankees fans, as 38-year-old Rocco beat NY skipper Aaron Boone and Kevin Cash of the Rays. Baldelli is the youngest manager ever and the eighth rookie to win the award, and the fourth Twins skipper to do so. Leading the Twins to 101 wins after a nearly decade-long drought of winning the AL Central, he came in with a seemingly different approach with his managerial style. He gave guys more days off and shook up his batting order so often that it was hard to know who’d be batting where on any given day, but it really helped that he had power hitters in all nine spots in his lineup and a pretty amazing pitching staff to work with.