November 14, 2012 by Matt Musico
Alright, so I’m hitting .750 after two days of MLB awards have been handed out. With four more honors to be announced today and tomorrow, I’ll take it. Davey Johnson won the honor for the National League, as he led the Washington Nationals to their best season since moving to D.C., their first division title since they left Montreal, and the best record in baseball (98-64). It ended up not being a close race, as Johnson finished 131 overall points, including 23 first place votes. Dusty Baker came in second with 77 points for the job he did with the Cincinnati Reds this season, and Bruce Bochy came in third with 61 points. I also picked Johnson to win the award earlier this week, as I felt he took this young team and helped them become a playoff contender much earlier than anyone had anticipated. People thought the Nationals would be good, but not this good and certainly not this soon.
In the American League, it was a two-man race between Bob Melvin of the A’s and Buck Showalter from the Orioles, and Melvin bested his counterpart by earning 116 points (16 first-place votes) compared to Buck’s 108 points (12 first-place votes). As they were saying on MLB Network last night, you couldn’t go wrong with either one of these managers, as they both helped their club perform in ways no one had anticipated in 2012. At 94-68, the A’s improved their win total from the year prior by 20 games, and beat out the Angels and Rangers for the AL West title. Melvin sent rookie starting pitchers to the mound 101 times, saw his team walk off 14 times with wins, and used 130 different lineups throughout the year, mostly because he had to manage as many as five platoons at once. He certainly deserves this award for the job he did out in Oakland this year. In a distant third was Robin Ventura, who led the White Sox to a second-place finish behind the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central, sporting an 85-77 record in his first-ever season of being a manager.
Tonight on MLB Network, the AL and NL Cy Young Awards will be announced. Coverage starts at 6p EST. I’ve picked Fernando Rodney in the AL and R.A. Dickey in the NL…we’ll see if I can keep my streak alive.