The baseball writers association of America has announced that Dodger’s manager Dave Roberts has won the National League manager of the year award. Roberts received 16 first place votes and 108 total votes. The first year skipper edged out second place finisher Joe Maddon who got 8 first place votes and 80 votes overall.
Rounding out the top five was Washington manager and former Dodger player Dusty Baker. The veteran manager got 4 first place votes and 66 votes total. Terry Collins of the Mets finished fourth and you’ll never believe who finished fifth in the voting. That’s right former Dodger manager Don Mattingly received 2 votes to sneak into the top five.
Roberts becomes the first Dodger manager to win the award since Tommy Lasorda in 1988. Roberts led the Dodgers to their fourth consecutive NL West division title as the club reached the NLCS in 2016. The Dodgers finished with a 91-71 record and Roberts was the first rookie manager since Lasorda to guide the club to a division title.
Roberts made more pitching changes than any other manager in the major leagues this past season. This seems deserving as the Dodgers had to overcome a mind boggling amount of injuries in 2016, yet Roberts got the Dodgers to the NLCS.
Dave Roberts is the 2016 NL Manager of the Year! pic.twitter.com/06gdkmIib7
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 15, 2016
NL Manager of the Year voting results
|Dave Roberts, Dodgers
|Joe Maddon, Cubs
|Dusty Baker, Nationals
|Terry Collins, Mets
|Don Mattingly, Marlins