Congrats to Washington Nationals’ Davey Johnson and Oakland Athletics’ Bob Melvin for winning Managers of the Year.
Melvin beat out Baltimore Orioles’ Buck Showalter in the American League. After just one season with the A’s, Bob Melvin led a young team with the lowest payroll in MLB to win the AL West with a 96-68 record.
Johnson was almost a no-brainer. Ever since the Montreal Expos moved to Washington, DC and changed to the Nationals in 2005, this team did not have a winning season until this year. The NAts finished with the best record in the majors and made their first playoff appearance. This is Johnson’s second time winning the award (first was in 1997 when he was the Orioles’ skipper).
There’s an eerie comparison between the two Cy Young winners in baseball. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price and New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey both hail from Tennessee (Go Vols!) and both were named the 2012 Cy Young Award winner in their respective leagues on Wednesday, each beating out a second-place finisher who was the reigning award winner (LA Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander).
This season, Dickey went 20-6 (every one of those 20 wins was a quality start) with a 2.73 ERA (good for 2nd in the NL) in 233 2/3 innings pitched (good for first in the NL). Dickey becomes the first Met to win the award since Dwight Gooden in 1985. He’s also the first knuckle-baller ever to claim the award.
Price went 20-5 and also paced the AL with a 2.56 ERA. Price also ranked eighth in the AL in innings (211.0) and sixth in strikeouts (205). On a park-adjusted basis, Price’s ERA was good for second in the junior circuit.
The award is not only Price’s first but also the first Cy Young in Rays franchise history. In 2010, Price finished second in the balloting to Seattle”s Felix Hernandez.
Written by AG2