After guiding the St. Louis Cardinals to the National League Championship Series during his first year in charge as manager, Mike Shildt has been named the 2019 National League Manager of the Year as voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Shildt led the Cardinals to a 91-71 and a National League Central title as the Cards returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2015. Shildt become the third Cardinals manager to receive the National League Manager of the Year Award. Previous recipients were Whitey Herzog in 1985 and Tony LaRussa in 2002. Shildt is only the second manager to receive the honor without having the most first place votes from the writers (Lou Pinella American League in 1995 was the other). Craig Counsel of Milwaukee had the most first place votes and finished second in balloting. This year’s American League Manager of the Year recipient was Rocco Baldelli of the Minnesota Twins.
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