Another blog makes a good point. It may be that a Yankees manager may NEVER be selected Mgr. of the Year because of several reasons. One being the expectations that the Yanks are supposed to be good because of who they are and their financial resources. So if they do well, it was because they were EXPECTED to do well. The manager only did what he was expected to do.
But that wasn’t really the case this year. Yes, the Yanks were expected to do well, but with the team they EXPECTED to have, not a team ravaged by injuries. Severino and Stanton missed almost the whole year each. Betances and Montgomery the same. Didi two and a half months, Andujar all but a handful of games, Hicks over half the year and so on and so on. Still, the Yanks won 103 games and the AL East. Still, Boone didn’t get MOY despite managing a M*A*S*H* unit to that victory total.
It is looking more and more like Didi won’t be back. We’ll see, but in reading the tea leaves and insider commentary…
This Houston cheating scandal with the cameras, video cheating, etc. has added another s to the Astros name on various sites. You can guess where that s is going…
The CYA was announced. In the NL, Jacob DeGrom repeats as the Cy Young Award winner, getting 29 of the 30 first place votes.
It is amazing the lack of support DeGrom gets. Take a look at the win totals in these past two CYA winning seasons.
2018 10-9, 1.70, led majors in ERA.
2019 11-8, 2.43. Led NL in strikeouts.
21 wins COMBINED. The Mets are wasting his starts.
In the AL, teammates Justin Verlander & Gerrit Cole were neck and neck with Verlander winning his second CYA. He previously won the CYA in 2011 (and MVP that year too). In addition to two CYA, Verlander also has been the runnerup three times.
Verlander got 17 first place votes and 171 points to Cole’s 13 first place votes and 159 points.
Verlander 21-6, 2.58. Led majors in wins, starts and IP. Struck out 300.
Cole 20-5, 2.50. Led AL in ERA. Led majors with 326 strikeouts.
You could have flipped a coin between the two.
As for Cole, it’s expected the free agent won’t sign until the new year.