The two winners of the 2014 MLB Manager of the Year Awards did not take their teams to the World Series but they got them close. Both the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals won their respective divisions and made the postseason.
Besides, these awards are about the way these two Manager of the Year Award recipients managed their clubs during the season. Not what happened during the offseason.
Buck Showalter, who led the Baltimore Orioles to a 96-66 record in 2014, took home his third career American League Manager of the Year Award on Tuesday. He previously won for managing the 1994 New York Yankees and the 2004 Texas Rangers.
In case you weren’t doing the (obvious) math, that is one MOY Award every ten years, making for a pretty impressive resume.
Showalter received 25 of 30 first-place votes and 132 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA).
Coming in second to Showalter was the manager of the Los Angeles Angels, Mike Scioscia and placing third in the A.L. voting was Lloyd McClendon of the Seattle Mariners.
Matt Williams, like Showalter, managed his Washington Nationals to a 96-66 record in 2014. The Nationals had the best record in the National League and tied with the Orioles for the second best record overall after the 98-64 Angels.
Unlike Showalter, this was Williams first ever season as a big league manager and he took home the N.L. Manager of the Year Award. Only three other managers have accomplished this feat before: Houston’s Hal Lanier (1986), San Francisco’s Dusty Baker (1993) and Florida’s Joe Girardi (2006).
Matt Williams may only have one managerial season under his belt but he too now has quite the impressive resume and it’s safe to say he’ll be managing the Nationals for some time to come.
A five-time All-Star during his playing days, Williams was working as the third base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks when he was hired by the Nationals’ organization after the 2013 season.
The runners up to Williams for 2014 N.L. Manager of the Year were Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Bruce Bochy of the World Champion San Francisco Giants.