Who stands in the way of Dusty Baker for AL Manager of the Year?
Kevin Cash, the Rays’ manager, won the ’20 AL Manager of the Year, while having the best record in the 60-game sample size and sealing the first seed in the postseason, which is similar to 2021.
Behind Cash is former Astros’ catcher Scott Servais, who manages the Seattle Mariners. The 54-year-old has been the Mariners’ skipper since 2016, while the franchise came within a few dominos of clinching a postseason spot for the first time since 2001.
For Cash, it is the same season as last year, unless you factor in not making the World Series, but votes are cast prior to the postseason. Servais turned around a team that lost their closer before the trade deadline with close and late-game wins.
The future might be bright in Seattle, and Servais is definitely Baker’s toughest competition in terms of management with what was at disposal. Nonetheless, Baker took the toughest job in baseball and led the team to another AL West title in his second season with the team.