Little League Grad Joe Maddon Earns Second American League Manager of the Year Award
Joe Maddon, a graduate of West Hazleton (Pa.) Little League, received 26 of a possible 28 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) to win his second American League Manager of the Year Award.
Mr. Maddon’s Tampa Bay Rays surged in September, overcoming a nine-game deficit to reach the playoffs as the American League Wild Card winner. No team had previously overcome a September deficit that large.
“Where I grew up and how I grew up, it was nothing but the best,” Mr. Maddon, speaking about his Little League experiences, said, “I don’t think I ever had a bad day. Those memories are special.”
Accumulating a total of 133 points from the two BBWAA writers in each American League city, Mr. Maddon outdistanced, Detroit’s Jim Leyland and Texas Manager Ron Washington, who each received one first-place vote, and finished second and third, respectively.
The Rays were eliminated in the Division Series by the eventual American League Champion Rangers. Tampa Bay won its last five regular-season games, capped by a 12-inning, 8-7, victory over the Yankees in a game in which they trailed 7-0 in the eighth inning, to overcome the Boston Red Sox for the league’s Wild Card berth.
The Manager of the Year Award was introduced in 1983. Voting is conducted by the BBWAA before the postseason.
Maddon, who also won the award in 2008 after leading the Rays to the American League pennant, is the seventh multiple winner of the AL award for managers. The others are Mr. La Russa (three times), Sparky Anderson, Joe Torre, Lou Piniella, Buck Showalter and Mike Scioscia.