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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 05:21 PM

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was named the 2019 American League Manager of the Year.

He received 13 of 30 first-place votes, and 13 of 30 second-place votes. He appeared on 28 of the 30 ballots for the award.A 23-win increase from 2018 to 2019 helped the Twins manager edge out Yankees Aaron Boone for the AL Manager of the Year.
Baldelli and Boone each received 13 first-place votes, but Baldelli received 13 second-place votes to gain the advantage. Kevin Cash, whom Baldelli coached for as recently as the 2018 season, finished third place.



Baldelli is the fourth Twins manager to win this award. The others are Tom Kelly (1991), Ron Gardenhire (2010) and Paul Molitor (2017).
  • Baldelli became the winningest first-year manager in Twins/Senators franchise history.
  • He was also the seventh first-year manager in baseball history to reach 100-plus wins.
  • The Twins’ 101 wins marked the second-most in Minnesota history, behind only the 1965 American League Champions, who went 102-60.
  • Baldelli joined Billy Martin (1969), Bill Rigney (1970) and Ron Gardenhire (2002) as the fourth Minnesota skipper to lead the team to the postseason in his first season at the helm.
Minnesota's writers who voted for this award were Patrick Reusse and Dave Campbell. Both gave Baldelli their first-place vote.



According to the Star-Tribune's Phil Miller, Baldelli, 38, becomes the youngest person to win the Manager of the Year award.

More response to the Baldelli award:





Mike Schilt of the St. Louis Cardinals was named the 2019 National League Manager of the Year, edging out Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 05:30 PM

Good for Rocco! Maybe the Twins can use that as an additional selling point for free agents this offseason

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 05:33 PM

Good for him!

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 05:36 PM

Congrats, Rocco!
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Posted 12 November 2019 - 06:17 PM

Wonderful News.

 

Hey Rocco,

 

Go for back to back!!! 

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 06:48 PM

Congrats! And I agree with the second place vote for sure. All those injuries....

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It's been a fun year so far, GO Twins. 


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 06:54 PM

A rookie manager who walked into a clubhouse that didn't know him, beset by injuries to players, a patch-work pitching staff yet 101 wins.

 

Yeah, he done good.

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 07:05 PM

101 Thumbs Up :)

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 07:12 PM

Way to go Rocco!


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 07:14 PM

Good for Baldelli! Let's hope the season after is much different than the year after Molitor won his award.

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 07:55 PM

Way to go Rocco! Do it again!
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Posted 12 November 2019 - 07:58 PM

Great News! Way to go Rocco!

 

Please row the boat to a WS championship next year. Sorry! Wrong team. Please navigate the ship to a WS victory in 2020.

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:00 PM

eh, the team will probably regress to 97 wins, and make it out of the first round of the playoffs.

 

So much for sustainable success!

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:35 PM

Solid choice.

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:52 PM

I won't argue with Rocco getting the nod but it's always a disappointment to see the managers of teams like the A's and Rays get so little love for what they've done while spending so little.

 

While ownership and the front office dictate spending and roster spaces respectively, the manager is the guy on the field who has to make it work and Cash and Melvin did a phenomenal job with not a lot of resources.

 

While it would have irritated the **** out of me to see Boone get the award, I would have tipped my cap to Cash or Melvin had they won.

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 10:30 PM

Well deserved.

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 08:05 AM

I won't argue with Rocco getting the nod but it's always a disappointment to see the managers of teams like the A's and Rays get so little love for what they've done while spending so little.

While ownership and the front office dictate spending and roster spaces respectively, the manager is the guy on the field who has to make it work and Cash and Melvin did a phenomenal job with not a lot of resources.

While it would have irritated the **** out of me to see Boone get the award, I would have tipped my cap to Cash or Melvin had they won.


It may have irritated me also had Boone won the award just because I absolutely hate the Yankees so much. But on the flip side, he did a magnificent job holding that team together with all those injuries all season, not to mention they didn't even make a big deadline splash like they usually do. Boone to me actually did a great job, whereas many of the Yankee managers of the past didn't impress me that much just because they had everything, but I really thought Boone did a great job holding that ship together with all those injuries all year.
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Posted 13 November 2019 - 10:11 AM

Hate to throw water on this but ....

Ron Gardenhire MOY 2010

2011 63-99

 

Paul Molitor MOY 2017

2018 78-84 fired

 

Evidently Twins MOYs develop amnesia during the off season.

 

Congratulations on the award but I don't think Baldelli managed the Twins into 307 home runs. 

I think Rawlings in Costa Rica had more to do with it.


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Posted 13 November 2019 - 10:57 AM

 

Congrats! And I agree with the second place vote for sure. All those injuries....

 

I was going to say the opposite thinking Cash did so much with so much less, but you're right, as much as I dislike the Yankees, that record with all those injuries was pretty impressive.


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Posted 13 November 2019 - 11:04 AM

How on god's green earth did Francona make it on the ballot? I like Tito, but his season didn't exactly scream "Manager of the Year"

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