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MLB: Rays’ Cash Wins Back-to-Back Manager of the Year Honors, a First in the AL

Courtesy Will Vragovic / Tampa Bay Rays

Kevin Cash of the Rays was named American League Manager of the Year, making him the first in the AL to win the award in consecutive seasons.

Bobby Cox won the award in consecutive seasons with the Braves, in the National League, in 2004 and 2005.

This is the fourth time a Tampa Bay manager has been honored. Joe Maddon also won in 2008 and 2011.

Cash is the 16th multiple winner overall, a list headed by four-time winners Cox and Tony La Russa and followed by three-time winners Maddon (who also won in the NL with the Cubs), Dusty Baker, Jim Leyland, Bob Melvin, Lou Piniella and Buck Showalter and two-time winners Sparky Anderson, Terry Francona, Davey Johnson, Tommy Lasorda, Jack McKeon, Mike Scioscia and Joe Torre.

Runner-up Scott Servais finished sixth in 2016, the only other year he received votes.

No manager was named on every ballot.

Ballots, submitted prior to postseason play, were cast by two writers representing each league city. They are tabulated on a system that awards five points for first place, three points for second place and one point for third place.

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