Terry Francona and Dave Roberts win their respective leagues’ manager of the year awards for 2016. Francona wins his second in four seasons and Roberts wins his first in his first career season as a manager. Here is a look into what they did to win their awards and some memorable moments from their award-winning seasons.
Terry Francona won the AL Manager of the Year for the second time in four seasons. He is the first Cleveland Indians manager to win multiple times. Eric Wedge (2007) is the team’s only other winner since the award’s inception in 1983. Francona led the Indians to 94 wins, 8.5 more than their Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook over/under and their most in a season since 2007.
This was Francona’s fourth straight winning season since taking over the Indians in 2013, and he also had a winning record in each of his eight seasons as Boston Red Sox skipper. Elias Sports Bureau research tells us that Francona is the fifth manager with 12 consecutive winning seasons in the expansion era (since 1961). The others: Sparky Anderson (17 straight), Earl Weaver (16), Bobby Cox (15) and Joe Torre (14).
Francona’s Indians had the second-best record in American League despite dealing with a spate of injuries. He got only 11 games from Michael Brantley, whose OPS+ of 139 ranked 13th in MLB over the previous two seasons. Starting catcher Yan Gomes played only 74 games, and pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar were limited to 25 starts each.
Next,Roberts becomes the second different Los Angeles Dodgers manager to win the award, joining Tommy Lasorda (1983 and 1988).He also is the sixth manager to win the award in his first season as an MLB manager. Roberts joins Jeff Bannister (2015), Matt Williams (2014), Joe Girardi (2006), Dusty Baker (1993) and Hal Lanier (1986) to win the award in his first season as manager.
In addition, he was hired by the Dodgers without any prior managerial experience.Dave Roberts had to use 15 different starting pitchers throughout the regular season, most in MLB.Despite using so many, Dodger starters were sixth in ERA, fourth in WHIP and one of two rotations (Washington Nationals the other) to average over nine strikeouts per nine innings.
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