NEW YORK (AP) – The Atlanta Braves and Oakland Athletics were among the top surprises in the majors this year and their skippers have been awarded for it.
Brian Snitker has been named the National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which gave the American League’s top honor to A’s manager Bob Melvin.
Snitker won 90 games and the NL East title with a club that lost 90 games in 2017. He was the lone skipper to be named on all 30 ballots, receiving 17 first-place votes and 116 points. Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell was second with 99 points, while Colorado’s Bud Black finished third with 41.
Melvin and the A’s won 97 games just a year after an 87-loss campaign, finishing second in the AL West before losing to the Yankees in the wild-card game. It’s the third time He has won the award, all with the Athletics.
Melvin received 18 first-place votes and 121 points from the BBWAA. Boston’s Alex Cora was second with 79 points, 22 more than Kevin Cash of Tampa Bay.