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Buck Showalter named 2022 National League Manager of the Year ✍🏻
On Tuesday, Mets manager Buck Showalter was named 2022 National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association.
Showalter had already been named the Sporting News Manager of the Year earlier this month.
It’s the fourth time Showalter has earned the honor, becoming only the third manager in history to do so (Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa are the other two). He received eight first-place votes and ten second-place votes, totaling 77 points overall which was 20 points better than Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who guided the Dodgers to a franchise-best 111 wins during the regular season.
Showalter’s Mets won 101 regular season games with the Mets in 2022, the second-most in franchise-history.
“This is a well-deserved honor,” Mets Owner, Chairman and CEO Steve Cohen said. “There is no doubt Buck had the players’ respect and they played hard for him. He is one of the sharpest minds in the game and he builds a winning culture.”
He guided the Mets to a 24-game improvement over the 2021 season, which is the largest year-over-year improvement in club history. He guided the Mets to their first playoff appearance since 2016 and became the first Mets manager to win the award, that which was established in 1983.
“Buck poured every ounce of himself into making the Mets better on a daily basis,” Mets General Manager Billy Eppler said. “I’m thrilled the voters recognized what I got to witness every day this season.”
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The Yankees agreed to re-sign 1B Anthony Rizzo to a two-year deal with $40 million guaranteed (Athletic)
RHP Nick Martínez and the Padres have agreed to a three-year contract (New York Post)
LHP Martin Pérez (Rangers) and OF Joe Pederson (Giants) were the only players among 14 to receive qualifying offers and accept them
The Angels signed LHP Tyler Anderson to a three-year, $40 million contract, the first multi-year deal the Angels have given a starting pitcher in ten years (Joe Blanton)
The Rays made a series of roster moves and minor trades ahead of the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster (to avoid the risk of losing them in the Rule 5 draft), one of which was designating long-time LHP Ryan Yarbrough for assignment