Joe Maddon finishes second in the voting for National League Manager of the Year … The Dodgers Dave Roberts wins 2016 NL Manager of the Year Award … Terry Francona takes home 2016 AL Manager of the Year Award
Joe Maddon’s bid for a second straight NL Manager of the Year Award came up short. Joe Maddon finished 38 points behind the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts in the voting by the BBWAA for the top skipper award. Maddon received eight first place votes, eight second place and six third place votes for a total of 70 points. Roberts had 16 first place, seven second and seven third place votes for 108 points.
Dusty Baker (Nationals) finished third. Terry Collins (Mets) and Don Mattingly (Marlins) rounded out the top five in the BBWAA voting.
Joe Maddon has won three Manager of the Year Awards, 2015 with the Cubs and in 2008 and 2011 with the Rays. Maddon navigated the Cubs through the 162-game schedule and with a ton of expectations and pre-season hype, he led his team to a Major League-best record of 103-58-1.
The Cubs won the NL Central Division title, the first for the franchise in eight years (2008) and returned to the postseason in consecutive years for just the third time in franchise history (1906-08, 2007-08, 2015-16). Maddon followed up a 97-win campaign in 2015 with 103 victories in 2016. Under Joe Maddon, the Cubs have won a combined 200 games the last two seasons.
Joe Maddon told his players to embrace the target. And the Cubs did. Maddon’s team beat the Giants in the NLDS, the Dodgers in the NLCS and the Indians in the Fall Classic to capture The World Series Championship for the first time in 108 years.
The BBWAA voters got it right this season. Dave Roberts did an incredible job with the Dodgers throughout the year and deserved the award.
Joe Maddon and the Cubs beat the Dodgers (NL Manager of the Year, Dave Roberts) and the Indians (AL Manager of the Year, Terry Francona) to win The World Series.
Terry Francona won his second AL Manager of the Year Award. Francona took home the award in 2013, his first year with the Indians. Francona received 22 first place votes, five second and three third place votes for a total of 128 points.
Jeff Banister (Rangers) finished second with four first place votes and a total of 64 points. Buck Showalter (Orioles), John Farrell (Red Sox), Joe Girardi (Yankees) and Scott Servais (Mariners) rounded out the top six in the AL Manager of the Year voting.