Gabe Kapler was named NHL Manager of the Year on Tuesday after leading the San Francisco Giants to the best winning record in their history, 107 wins.
In the American League, the credit went to Kevin Cash from the Tampa Bay Rays.
Kapler was at the helm of the Giants in his second season.
“I think I started to respect, understand and appreciate the feedback from the players on a regular basis,” said Kapler. I really trust our players. “
Kapler knocked out Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers and Mike Shildt of the St. Louis Cardinals in the ballot paper led by the Baseball Columnists Association of America.
Kapler coached the Philadelphia Phillies for two seasons before being fired.
The Giants hired him after Bruce Bochy resigned, the team leader for three World Series triumphs.
San Francisco offered a modest 29-31 return in 2020 – it was their fourth consecutive campaign with a losing record at the time.
In 2021, the Dodgers or Padres were expected to dominate, but it was the Giants who had the best records in the major leagues.
However, the Giants were beaten by Los Angeles in the first round of the playoffs.
Counsell and Brewers were the champions of Centrale.
Shildt was fired last month – due to philosophical differences with management, said CEO John Mozeliak.
Brian Snitker of the Braves and Dave Roberts of the Dodgers also received votes.
Kapler received 28 first-place votes; Counsell and Shildt each got theirs.
The Rays posted the American’s best record, 100-62, before losing to the Boston Red Sox in the first round.
Cash was honored for the second year in a row, this time beating Dusty Baker of the Houston Astros and Scott Servais of the Seattle Mariners.
Fourth place went to Charlie Montoyo of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Only Bobby Cox was also named manager of the year for two years in a row (at the helm of Atlanta in 2004 and 2005).
“It’s the kind of thing that makes you very humble,” Cash said. He is one of the great managers in history. “
Cash received 19 first-place votes.
On Monday, Randy Arozarena, also from Rays, was chosen as the rookie of the year in the American.
Noah Trister, Associated Press