Kevin Cash and Don Mattingly were named Managers of the Year.
We’re in the middle of award season following the conclusion of a unique 2020 campaign, and the best managers in the league fave officially been confirmed. Awards are usually controversial, but it’s hard to find two choices better than who the writers picked as the best skipper in the American and National League.
Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash and Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly have been named the AL and NL managers of the year.
Kevin Cash led the upstart Rays to the World Series
While some might laugh at this award in light of his quick hook on Blake Snell in Game 6 of the World Series, the fact that Cash had one of the least-paid teams in the league just a few wins away from winning the title was an exemplary job of managing. Thanks to his decision-making, irrespective of how much influence Erik Neander had, Tampa will be a force in the AL East for years to come.
In the senior circuit, Miami Marlins skipper Don Mattingly took home the award after getting his ragtag bunch of players expected by many to finish last in the division to the postseason.
Mattingly became the fifth MVP to also win Manager of the Year, joining Don Baylor, Frank Robinson, Kirk Gibson, and Joe Torre.
Miami started the year with a COVID-19 outbreak and copious negativity, but Mattingly was able to rally the troops. While Sixto Sanchez and Sandy Alcantara became stars under his watch, Mattingly led Miami to a 31-29 record while taking down the Chicago Cubs in their wild card matchup.
Mattingly took Miami from dumpster fire to NLDS participant, while Cash took his Rays from intriguing playoff team to pennant winner. These two have finally been properly recognized for their quality leadership ability.