Cubs skipper Joe Maddon named NL Manager of the Year
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Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was named the National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday. Maddon received 18 of the possible 30 first-place votes, 11 second place votes and one third place vote for a total of 124 points. St. Louis’ Mike Matheny placed second with 87 points.
Maddon is only the fourth skipper in franchise history to earn Manager of the Year honors, the first since Lou Piniella in 2008. Don Zimmer (1989) and Jim Frey (1984) also won the award, and Maddon joins Frey as the only two Cubs managers to earn the award in their first seasons with the Cubs. Maddon has now earned three Manager of the Year awards in his career, previously winning AL honors in 2008 and 2011 with Tampa Bay.
Additionally, Maddon is one of only seven managers (and three currently active) to win this award at least three times, joining Tony La Russa (four times), Bobby Cox (four), Dusty Baker (three), Jim Leyland (three), Buck Showalter (three) and Piniella (three). Maddon is now the sixth manager (and just the second active) to win the award in both leagues, joining La Russa, Cox, Leyland, Piniella and Bob Melvin.
In 2015, Maddon guided the Cubs to a 97-65 record, the most victories ever by a first-year Cubs manager and tied for the ninth-most wins in the 140-season history of the franchise. The 97 wins equaled the most by any club Maddon has managed, matching his 2008 Tampa Bay Rays. Maddon led the Cubs to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2003, and the club reached 101 total wins in 2015 (including four postseason victories).
Maddon is 878-794 (.525) in 10 full seasons as a major league manager, plus two interim managerial stints, with the Angels (interim stints in 1996 and 1999), the Rays (2006-14) and the Cubs (2015).