Jeff Banister and Joe Maddon have won Manager of the Year honors by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for the American and National League respectively.
In his first year with the Chicago Cubs Joe Maddon led the club to their most regular season wins since 1945. This was the third time Maddon earned Manager of the Year title, just one short of the all-time record shared by Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox.
This is what he had to say to the MLB Network after the selection was announced:
“It’s staggering, actually, to do it twice in the American League (as manager of the Rays), then to get it in the National League and be a part of this wonderful Cubs organization.”
Maddon, who previously received the award in 2008 and 2011 received 18 of the 30 first-place votes.
Maddon signed a five-year contract and helped the Cubs earn their first playoff berth since 2008.
Jeff Banister led the Texas Rangers to the American League West division title with an 88–74 record in his first season as manager. Banister won with 17 first-place votes.
Banister is the fifth manager to win the award in his rookie season. He is also the third Rangers manager to win the award.
“I’m truly honored,” Banister said. “I get to accept the award for an entire organization.”
Texas won 88 games this season, 21 more than last year and captured the AL West title despite several significant player injuries.