Monday, March 11, 2019

Predicting the 2019 Season: The Managers of the Year

Some fans would say that a manager has very little to do with the overall outcome of a game. Some fans would argue that a manager has little-to-no outcome on the team’s wins and losses throughout the season. Some fans didn’t watch Aaron Boone fumble through the American League Division Series in 2018. Aaron Boone did not win Manager of the Year in 2018, despite his team winning 100 games and beating the Oakland Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game, but these two men here will likely win the award for their respective teams in 2019.

If you read my predictions post for the 2019 season these two Manager of the Year Award candidates should be simple to predict. In the American League, I had one team taking a huge step forward in their rebuild, adding a bunch of wins onto their total from the 2019 season. Rocco Baldelli of the Minnesota Twins, the youngest manager in Major League Baseball at just age 37, will lead this team into the 2019 season and will ultimately win the award in his first season at the helm.

If you read my standings, postseason, and World Series predictions you also know that I had a bit of a surprise team not only winning their division but winning the National League pennant as well. No team has ever won a NL Penannt, and I am assuming this, but I feel confident in saying it, without a great manager, and the Brewers won’t this season either without Craig Counsell. Congrats on the award and the trip to the Fall Classic.

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