Oakland Athletics Bob Melvin Wins AL Manager of the Year Award

Bob Melvin (right) with the Oakland Athletics in 2016
Bob Melvin (right) with the Oakland Athletics in 2016. Photo by Tim Warner/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (5706376k)

This year’s MLB manager of the year went to Oakland Athletics Bob Melvin who won the award after receiving 18 out of 30 possible votes, getting the honors for the third time in his career.

While the A’s were eliminated in the playoffs and the Red Sox won the World Series, Melvin was the favorite to win. He opened the 2017/18 season with the lowest payroll among all MLB managers. His squad wasn’t the strongest but was able to spearhead them to the playoffs and win nearly 100 games.

At the event held on Tuesday, Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker won the manager of the Year Awards in the National League, beating Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell and Colorado’s Bud Black. As it has become a norm, the honors in recent years have gone to the most surprising managers. The A’s may not have won any trophies in the season but they caught the league unawares with their great performance.

Snitker’s win was also unexpected. He was named the Braves’ interim manager at the beginning of the season but managed the team with long-term goals. The 63-year-old led Atlanta to 90 wins and won the NL East title.

The Cy Young Award and the MVP honors will be announced later in the year.