Braves’ Snitker 4th in NL manager of year voting

Credit: Curtis Compton /

Credit: Curtis Compton /

The Braves’ Brian Snitker finished fourth in NL manager of the year voting Tuesday.

Miami’s Don Mattingly took home the NL honor and Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash won the AL award.

Former Braves catcher David Ross, now leading the Cubs, finished third in the NL with 25 points in the voting. Snitker received 16 points, for one first-place vote, two second-place votes and five third-place votes.

San Diego’s Jayce Tingler finished second behind Mattingly.

Voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America concluded before the beginning of the playoffs.

Mattingly guided the Marlins to their first playoff appearance since 2003 despite dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that paused their season and ravaged the roster.

The Marlins’ 31-29 record was Mattingly’s first winning season in his fifth year with the club.

After losing 105 games a year ago, Miami’s 2020 season was nearly derailed by a coronavirus outbreak during the first weekend of play. The team had to make 174 roster moves but still managed the franchise’s first winning record since 2009.

The steady hand of the 59-year-old Mattingly played a big role in the turnaround, which continued in the playoffs. Miami eliminated the NL Central champion Cubs in the first round before it was swept by the Braves in the NL Division Series.

Cash guided Tampa Bay to an AL-best 40-20 record during the pandemic-shortened season. But he was roundly criticized for pulling ace left-hander Blake Snell in the sixth inning of the decisive Game 6 in the World Series against the champion Dodgers.

Rick Renteria, who was let go by the White Sox after the team made the postseason for the first time since 2008, finished second, followed by Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo.

The Cy Young Awards will be announced by the BBWAA on Wednesday night, followed by the Most Valuable Player Awards on Thursday. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is among the three National League MVP finalists.

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