Dave Roberts lead the Dodgers to their first World Series title since 1988 and all he gets to show for it is that lousy piece of metal. Doc piloted Los Angeles to the best record in baseball and the most wins in the postseason in 2020. Still, BBWAA voters chose a former Dodger skipper for this year’s NL Manager of the Year award.
Don Mattingly picked up his first such honor after leading the Miami Marlins to their first postseason berth since 2003. What’s more, he kept the team afloat amid the turmoil surrounding nearly two dozen players and organizational members contracting coronavirus early in the 60 game season.
On the list of finalists for the award, Mattingly was joined by first year managers Jayce Tingler of the Padres and David Ross of the Cubs. Yes, Dave Roberts didn’t even podium! However, he did place in the top 5.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) November 10, 2020
Now, Mattingly is a fine choice for MOY, but he’s definitely not a perfect one. Arguments have been raised about the fact that the Marlins COVID scare — one that nearly pulled the plug on the MLB season — could have been avoided under better leadership. However, Donnie Ballgame’s ability to get his players on board with protocols and through the season with no further issues was impressive enough for a young team lacking in veteran leadership.
While Roberts is more worthy of perhaps a third place finish in the voting, the fact that he got any love is still nice for the fifth year manager. And, of course, he ultimately got the more coveted award with a World Series win.
So… congratulations to Don Mattingly!