Its that time of year for annual baseball awards. Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves and Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics won MLB’s 2018 Manager of the Year Awards on Tuesday night.
Snitker edged out Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell and Colorado’s Bud Black. Meanwhile, Melvin won the American League over Boston’s Alex Cora and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash.
The vote was taken before the playoffs began for those thinking Cora was a shoo-in.
Melvin garnered 18 first-place votes, while Cora had seven and Cash received five. Snitker scored 17 first-place votes, edging Counsell, who had 13.
For Melvin, this is his third Manager of the Year Award. The 57-year-old had previously won it with the 2007 Diamondbacks and the 2012 Athletics. The Athletics were competitive even without a large salary pool, winning 97 games and the second wild-card spot.
Snitker’s was a most unexpected win. He has spent his entire baseball careers that began in the seventies with the Braves.
Manager of the Year was the second award announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America this week with Cy Young and MVP honors yet to come.
Earlier this week Shohei Ohtani of the Angels and Braves phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. were named Rookie of the Year.