There is much debate as to how much the manager of the year award really means ot the job security and legacy of those who win it. But you won’t hear any complaints coming from A’s manager Bob Melvin or National’s skipper Davy Johnson who have been named Managers of the Year in their respective leagues.
Melvin beat out Orioles manager and favorite Buck Showalter. Melvin has now won the award in both leagues, as has Davy Johnson. In 2007, Melvin was named N.L. Manager of the Year after a splendid year with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Johnson won the award after leading the Nationals to their first playoff berth since 1933, when the Washington Senators were in existence. Johnson winning the award will rub some in the Nats community the wrong way, as the biggest story down the stretch of Washington’s season was the shutting down of ace Stephen Strasburg.
Some attribute the Nationals flame out in the playoffs to the tension created from the Strasburg situation, one that saw Johnson stick to his guns despite the insanity of it all. That actually may be one reason Johnson won the award, as he let no one sway him from a decision that could end up paying off huge down the road.
There’s an interesting triangle between Showalter, Johnson and the Orioles, as this is the second time Johnson is being honored with Manager of the Year. He won the honor back in 1997 just hours after he resigned due to a fued he was involved in with owner Peter Angelos.
There’s a lot that has to happen before the teams themselves accomplish anything other than playoff berths, but when it comes to their skippers, the Orioles and the Nationals seem to have the best in the biz.