While every manager in baseball begins the season hoping to guide his team to a World Series, the Manager of the Year is rarely if ever the one who wins the championship. More likely, the 2020 American League Manager of the Year race will come down to who can help mold the raw talent on his team into a viable contender.
Many of the managers in the AL in 2020 have years of experience shaping teams, and managers like Terry Francona and Joe Maddon have won the award multiple times and won World Series rings in the process. Newer managers such as Brandon Hyde and Ron Roenicke will try to build on the example of the successful managers who came before them with their own squads.
So check out the list of AL Manager of the Year candidates below and make your predictions for who will win the award in 2020. Which AL manager deserves to be named the best in the league?
Team: Houston Astros
Manager since: 2020
2019 team record: 107-55
3x NL Manager of the Year (1993, 1997, 2000)3411A winning manager?
Team: Los Angeles Angels
Manager since: 2019
2019 team record: 72-90
2016 World Series champion
3x Manager of the Year (2008, 2011, 2015)4728A winning manager?
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Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Manager since: 2014
2019 team record: 96-662410A winning manager?
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Team: Detroit Tigers
Manager since: 2017
2019 team record: 47-114
2010 AL Manager of the Year3424A winning manager?