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In Major League Baseball, the Manager of the Year Award is an honor given annually since 1983 to the best managers in the American and National Leagues.

The award is voted on by 28 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Each places a vote for first, second, and third place among the managers of each league. The formula used to calculate the final scores is Score = 5F + 3S + T, where F is the number of first place votes, S is second place votes, and T is third place votes. The manager with the highest score in each league wins the award.

Bobby Cox became the first manager to win the award in both leagues, with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1985 and the Atlanta Braves in 1991. Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, and Lou Piniella have since won the award in both leagues. Cox and La Russa have won the most awards, with four each. Dusty Baker, Leyland, and Piniella are second with three awards. In 2005, Bobby Cox became the first manager to win the award in consecutive years.

Two franchises have yet to have a Manager of the Year: the New York Mets and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Some teams acknowledge the Sporting News Manager of the Year Award for seasons before 1983 as part of their award histories.

Manager of the Year Awards (1983–present)Edit

For managers who have won multiple awards, the number in parentheses indicates the award number.

American LeagueEdit

Year Manager Team Division Finish
1983 Tony La Russa (1) Chicago White Sox American League West First
1984 Sparky Anderson (1) Detroit Tigers American League East First
1985 Bobby Cox (1) Toronto Blue Jays American League East First
1986 John McNamara Boston Red Sox American League East First
1987 Sparky Anderson (2) Detroit Tigers American League East First
1988 Tony La Russa (2) Oakland Athletics American League West First
1989 Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles American League East Second
1990 Jeff Torborg Chicago White Sox American League West Second
1991 Tom Kelly Minnesota Twins American League West First
1992 Tony La Russa (3) Oakland Athletics American League West First
1993 Gene Lamont Chicago White Sox American League West First
1994 * Buck Showalter (1) New York Yankees American League East First
1995 Lou Piniella (1) Seattle Mariners American League West First
1996 Johnny Oates
Joe Torre (1)
Texas Rangers
New York Yankees
American League West
American League East
First
First
1997 Davey Johnson Baltimore Orioles American League East First
1998 Joe Torre (2) New York Yankees American League East First
1999 Jimy Williams Boston Red Sox American League East Second
2000 Jerry Manuel Chicago White Sox American League Central First
2001 Lou Piniella (2) Seattle Mariners American League West First
2002 Mike Scioscia Anaheim Angels American League West Second
2003 Tony Peña Kansas City Royals American League Central Third
2004 Buck Showalter (2) Texas Rangers American League West Third
2005 Ozzie Guillén Chicago White Sox American League Central First
2006 Jim Leyland (3) Detroit Tigers American League Central Second
2007 Eric Wedge Cleveland Indians American League Central First
2008 Joe Maddon Tampa Bay Rays American League East First

* The BBWAA writers decided to "award" unofficial championship trophies after the strike-shortened 1994 season by naming the managers of the league leaders as Manager of the Year.

National LeagueEdit

Year Manager Team Division Finish
1983 Tommy Lasorda (1) Los Angeles Dodgers National League West First
1984 Jim Frey Chicago Cubs National League East First
1985 Whitey Herzog St. Louis Cardinals National League East First
1986 Hal Lanier Houston Astros National League West First
1987 Buck Rodgers Montreal Expos National League East Third
1988 Tommy Lasorda (2) Los Angeles Dodgers National League West First
1989 Don Zimmer Chicago Cubs National League East First
1990 Jim Leyland (1) Pittsburgh Pirates National League East First
1991 Bobby Cox (2) Atlanta Braves National League West First
1992 Jim Leyland (2) Pittsburgh Pirates National League East First
1993 Dusty Baker (1) San Francisco Giants National League West Second
1994 * Felipe Alou Montreal Expos National League East First
1995 Don Baylor Colorado Rockies National League West Second
1996 Bruce Bochy San Diego Padres National League West First
1997 Dusty Baker (2) San Francisco Giants National League West First
1998 Larry Dierker Houston Astros National League Central First
1999 Jack McKeon (1) Cincinnati Reds National League Central Second
2000 Dusty Baker (3) San Francisco Giants National League West First
2001 Larry Bowa Philadelphia Phillies National League East Second
2002 Tony La Russa (4) St. Louis Cardinals National League Central First
2003 Jack McKeon (2) Florida Marlins National League East Second
2004 Bobby Cox (3) Atlanta Braves National League East First
2005 Bobby Cox (4) Atlanta Braves National League East First
2006 Joe Girardi Florida Marlins National League East Fourth
2007 Bob Melvin Arizona Diamondbacks National League West First
2008 Lou Piniella (3) Chicago Cubs National League Central First

* The BBWAA writers decided to "award" unofficial championship trophies after the strike-shortened 1994 season by naming the managers of the league leaders as Manager of the Year.

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