Manager of the Year is an honor that often comes with a surprise. That was the case Tuesday evening as Miami Marlins Skip Schumaker and Brandon Hyde of the Baltimore Orioles earned the honor respectively for the National and American Leagues. Schumaker became the eighth manager to win the award in his first year as manager. Hyde led the Orioles to 101 wins and the AL East title despite having one of the lowest payrolls in baseball.
Manager of the Year Winners
Marlins’ Skip Schumaker
SCREAM IT AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS, MIAMI. pic.twitter.com/0qQxp7A703
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) November 14, 2023
The first-year manager led Miami to an 84-78 record and a berth to the NL Wild Card Series, where the Marlins lost to the Philadelphia Phillies. In a very competitive Baseball Writers Association of America Balloting, Schumaker received eight first-place votes which was three more than runner-up Craig Counsell. Brian Snitker also received eight but had far fewer second and third-place votes than Schumaker. Altogether, he received 72 votes beating out Counsell’s 51 and Snitker’s 48. The Marlins have had four managers win this award including Schumaker, Don Mattingly in 2020, Joe Girardi in 2006 and Jack McKeon in 2003.
Orioles’ Brandon Hyde
There is no one more deserving. pic.twitter.com/4Eh8eyD4le
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) November 14, 2023
Hyde wrapped up his fifth season as the O’s manager as Baltimore won a combined 131 games from 2019 to 2012. However, Baltimore made big steps in 2022 courtesy of an 83-win season. They would build on that momentum by winning the AL East division title for the first time since 2014. The Orioles were swept by the eventual World Series champions Texas Rangers in the AL Division Series. There is no doubt that Hyde ran away with it, getting 27 of 30 first-place votes. Bruce Bochy finished second with three first-place votes while Kevin Cash came third.
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