The Cleveland Guardians‘ Terry Francona and New York Mets’ Buck Showalter were named the 2022 MLB managers of the year Tuesday night.
This is the third time Francona has won the award, having previously won in 2013 and 2016. Francona is now one of three managers to win the award three times with one franchise, joining Dusty Baker with the San Francisco Giants and Bobby Cox with the Atlanta Braves. He also is the ninth three-time winner.
Showalter is now a four-time winner of the award, becoming the third manager to do so, joining Cox and Tony La Russa. Showalter previously won in 1994 (New York Yankees), 2004 (Texas Rangers) and 2014 (Baltimore Orioles). He’s also the first to win it with four different franchises.
The Guardians weren’t supposed to come close to the postseason this year, as they had the third-lowest payroll in baseball and a largely unknown roster. But they shocked the baseball world by winning the AL Central by 11 games with an 92-70 record, a scrappy offense and a stout pitching staff.
They also put the heavily-favored Yankees on the brink of elimination in an American League Division Series but fell in five games.
Showalter led the Mets to a 101-61 record, their second-best record in franchise history, and their first 100-win season since 1988. This came after a three-season hiatus for Showalter, who last managed the Orioles in 2018.
Things took a turn toward the end of the season when the Atlanta Braves‘ scorching hot streak, combined with a stretch of bad losses by the Mets, gave the Braves their fifth-straight NL East crown after they had trailed the Mets by 10 1/2 games. However, it was clear that Showalter was well respected in a Mets clubhouse that needed a revamp and a new veteran voice for a team that hadn’t made the postseason since 2016 and won just 77 games in 2021.
On the American League side, Francona received 17 first-place votes, while the Orioles’ Brandon Hyde got nine. Scott Servais of the Seattle Mariners finished third despite receiving fewer first-place votes than fourth-place finisher Dusty Baker of the Houston Astros. The Yankees’ Aaron Boone finished fifth.
Showalter and Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts each received eight first-place votes, while Brian Snitker of the Braves received seven, but Showalter’s 10 second-place votes and being named on 25 of the 30 ballots helped secure his victory.
The Cy Young Award winners will be announced Wednesday, and the league MVPs will be announced Thursday.