Donnie deserved it
The Manager of the Year award oftentimes boils down to the subjective, narrative-driven criterion of who overachieved the most. The Marlins were extreme longshots to contend entering 2020, even more so when a COVID-19 outbreak threatened to derail their season after three games. That’s why it came as no surprise that Don Mattingly was the writers’ choice this year. Jayce Tingler (Padres) and David Ross (Cubs) finished a distant second and third, respectively.
Earlier this week—before the BBWAA voting results were revealed Tuesday night—SB Nation surveyed thousands of baseball fans about MOY and the other major awards. As illustrated below, they’re on the same wavelength with the media. Mattingly lapped his competition.
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- Sixto Sánchez, JJ Bleday, Max Meyer, Braxton Garrett, José Devers, Monte Harrison, Nasim Nuñez, Will Banfield and J.D. Orr are mentioned by MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis as having the best tools in the Marlins farm system.
- Longtime Marlins executive Michael Hill is seemingly out of the running for the Angels general manager position.
- Marlins radio broadcaster Glenn Geffner is taking part in a baseball broadcasting workshop on Tuesday. Limited seats available!
- Around the NL East, Marcus Stroman (Mets) and Josh Tomlin (Braves) have re-signed with their respective teams.
- Prospects Live updated their 2021 MLB Draft Top 300 prospects list.
- Old friend Justin Bour went home early instead of completing the 2020 NPB season with the Hanshin Tigers. He isn’t expected to return to Japan next year. If MLB has a universal designated hitter in 2021, he’s certainly worth approaching with a minor league deal.