Buck Showalter The first time he was nominated for Manager of the year in New York, he felt both humbled and incomplete.
It was 1994 when a 38 year-old woman took the plunge. Showalter, Major League Baseball’s youngest manager, received the accolade following a strike-shortened season. His Yankees went 70-43 — the best record in the American League and second only to the Montreal Expos — but the cancellation of the final stretch and The postseason produced one of the greatest what-ifs ever seen in major league history and Left Showalter unfulfilled despite being recognized as one of the year’s top managers alongside Montreal’s Felipe Alou.
“I am honored that with the number of games we did have, they chose me,” Showalter At the time. “But it’s something I didn’t feel like we took to the whole extent.”
Now 66 Showalter He was once again awarded the Manager of the year Award. This award came after he led the Mets to a record of 101-61 in 2022, his first season in New York City. Terry FranconaThe A.L. was won by, who led young Cleveland Guardians teams to an unexpected division title. winner. The awards are presented annually by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
ShowalterIn a conference phone interview, she described the award not as an individual achievement but rather as a team effort.
“What an organizational recognition it is,” He said. “From ownership to the front office to all the people that go into it, and to the fans who supplied so much of the energy that our team fed off of this year. Now the challenge ahead of us is to do it again and to sustain some things that everybody allowed us to be a part of. I’m hoping that, and rightfully so, that it’s something that everybody takes great pride in, because it is a recognition of the organization as a whole.”
However, Billy Eppler, Mets General Manager, made sure Showalter His due in a Statement
“Buck poured every ounce of himself into making the Mets better on a daily basis,” Eppler said. “I’m thrilled the voters recognized what I got to witness every day this season.”
For his fourth Manager of the Year Award — he also won in 2004 with Texas and 2014 with Baltimore — Showalter beat out Atlanta’s Brian Snitker and the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts. The Cardinals’ Oliver Marmol, the Phillies’ Rob Thomson and the Padres’ Bob Melvin rounded out the ballot.
It was close, with Showalter and Roberts both receiving eight first-place votes. Showalter Roberts was second in the second-place vote, but Roberts won. and third-place votes. This is the first award that a Mets manager has received since 1983.
It’s almost like Showalter’s first award, this year’s honor followed a campaign that ended sooner than he would have liked.
Under Snitker’s direction, Atlanta, which had won the 2021 World Series, erased what had been a 10.5-game deficit to Showalter’s Mets to win the National League East in the season’s final week. The Mets were forced to play in the best-of-3 wild-card round and lost to the Padres.
It’s as simple as that. Showalter and Company was terminated after the second-winningest regular seasons in franchise history.
“You roll the dice and sometimes it doesn’t work out for you, but it’s painful,” Showalter said. “It’s painful for the players. It’s painful for the organization. It’s painful for our fans because I think they respected how much our guys put into it. But our motto all year has been ‘play better.’ Just play better. Nobody wants to hear all the talk about this and that and what should have been, could have been. It’s just play better.
“You lick your wounds and you feel sorry for yourself for a very short period, and you realize that the task ahead of you is to sustain and maintain that level that you hold yourself to. Every team in baseball is trying to do what we’re trying to do.”
FranconaHe was the youngest M.L.B. team leader. After missing substantial portions of the previous seasons due to illness, he was awarded his third A.L. Manager of the year Award. All three were awarded to Cleveland after he won the two World Series with Boston.
Francona received 17 of 30 first-place votes, with Baltimore’s Brandon Hyde and Seattle’s Scott Servais finishing second and third. Houston’s Dusty Baker, the Yankees’ Aaron Boone and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash also received votes.
Francona’s latest recognition comes after the Guardians shocked the sport with a 92-win regular season and A.L. first-place finish Central. The wild-card round saw the Rays’ playoff-tested Rays swept by the small-time gamblers. and The Yankees’ high-rolling team won Game 5 of the A.L. division series before their unlikely run ended.
Few people would have chosen the Guardians to travel as far as they did. Francona has stressed that the 2022 season should represent a steppingstone in Cleveland — not just some one-off fluke.
“I know they are hurting right now, because they care, and they worked unbelievably hard,” Francona Immediately after the loss of the division series. “But I hope as that wears off, they will realize just how proud we are of them and how much we care about them. And I also reminded them that this needs to be a starting place for us. This can’t just be a good story this year. We need to take this and go, because I think we have a chance to have something really special.”
The Cy Young Awards will be Wednesday’s highlight of the Awards Season. and The Most Valuable Player Awards will be presented on Thursday.