Manager of the Year Award

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

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. In 1998, Tony La Russa became the second, having won the award with the Chicago White Sox in 1983, the Oakland Athletics in 1988 and 1992, and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2002. La Russa has won the most awards with four. Dusty Baker is second with three awards while managing the San Francisco Giants (1993, 1997, 2000).

Five teams remain yet to have a Manager of the Year: Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Arizona Diamondbacks.

Manager of the Year Awards (1983–present)

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

American League

YearManagerTeam
1983Tony La Russa (1)Chicago White Sox
1984Sparky Anderson (1)Detroit Tigers
1985Bobby Cox (1)Toronto Blue Jays
1986John McNamaraBoston Red Sox
1987Sparky Anderson (2)Detroit Tigers
1988Tony La Russa (2)Oakland Athletics
1989Frank RobinsonBaltimore Orioles
1990Jeff TorborgChicago White Sox
1991Tom KellyMinnesota Twins
1992Tony La Russa (3)Oakland Athletics
1993Gene LamontChicago White Sox
1994Buck ShowalterNew York Yankees
1995Lou Piniella (1)Seattle Mariners
1996Joe Torre (1)
Johnny Oates
New York Yankees
Texas Rangers
1997Davey JohnsonBaltimore Orioles
1998Joe Torre (2)New York Yankees
1999Jimy WilliamsBoston Red Sox
2000Jerry ManuelChicago White Sox
2001Lou Piniella (2)Seattle Mariners
2002Mike SciosciaAnaheim Angels
2003Tony PeñaKansas City Royals
2004Buck Showalter (2)Texas Rangers

National League

YearManagerTeam
1983Tommy Lasorda (1)Los Angeles Dodgers
1984Jim FreyChicago Cubs
1985Whitey HerzogSt. Louis Cardinals
1986Hal LanierHouston Astros
1987Buck RodgersMontreal Expos
1988Tommy Lasorda (2)Los Angeles Dodgers
1989Don ZimmerChicago Cubs
1990Jim Leyland (1)Pittsburgh Pirates
1991Bobby Cox (2)Atlanta Braves
1992Jim Leyland (2)Pittsburgh Pirates
1993Dusty Baker (1)San Francisco Giants
1994Felipe AlouMontreal Expos
1995Don BaylorColorado Rockies
1996Bruce BochySan Diego Padres
1997Dusty Baker (2)San Francisco Giants
1998Larry DierkerHouston Astros
1999Jack McKeon (1)Cincinnati Reds
2000Dusty Baker (3)San Francisco Giants
2001Larry BowaPhiladelphia Phillies
2002Tony La Russa (4)St. Louis Cardinals
2003Jack McKeon (2)Florida Marlins
2004Bobby Cox (3)Atlanta Braves
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