It was announced that Marlins skipper Don Mattingly took home the NL Manager of the Year Award on Tuesday evening after he received 20 of the 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writer’s Association of America. The Padres’ Jayce Tingler, despite leading the team to the Nationa League’s second-best record behind the Dodgers with a 37-23 mark, received just six first-place votes to go along with 13 second-place votes and two third-place votes.
David Ross of the Cubs finished third.
Not only did Tingler capitalize on the apparent talent he inherited on this roster, he was able to navigate the plethora of challenges set before him stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. His rare blend of professionalism and relatability went far with the players. In today’s ever-progressing game, I personally think that’s the way to go when it comes to future leaders around the league. Per A.J. Casavell of MLB.com, it also helped that Tingler was fairly fluent in Spanish.
The product Tingler helped put out on the field was one of the most-exciting and invigorating in all of Major League Baseball. The loads and loads of home runs may have been expected to a degree, but the grand slams — which led to the city’s new monicker of “Slam Diego” — were certainly not something many predicted. Due to their aggressive style of play, fans always had the sense that any game was winnable, and all they usually needed was one, well-timed swing.
A big congrats for Tingler on his first of many wildly-successful seasons at the helm for the Padres.