Rays’ Kevin 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.

2021 AL Manager of the Year

 1st2nd3rdPoints
Kevin Cash, Rays1935109
Scott Servais, Mariners 513771
Dusty Baker, Astros25833
Charlie Montoyo, Blue Jays32223
Alex Cora, Red Sox13216
Tony La Russa, White Sox4315
AJ Hinch, Tigers 33

Below is a breakdown of the 30 individual ballots, submitted by two writers representing each city in the American League. For more information on the voting, see our Voting FAQ.

NameAffiliationChapter1st2nd3rd
Rich DubroffBaltimoreBaseball.comBALServaisLa RussaCash
Dave GinsburgAssociated PressBALServaisLa RussaCash
Ian BrowneMLB.comBOSCashCoraServais
Chris CotilloMassLiveBOSCashServaisCora
Scott MerkinMLB.comCHICashLa RussaServais
Scot GregorDaily HeraldCHIBakerMontoyoServais
Tom WithersAssociated PressCLEServaisCashMontoyo
Joe Nogacleveland.comCLEServaisBakerCash
Jon Paul MorosiMLB.comDETBakerCashServais
Chris McCoskyDetroit NewsDETCashServaisHinch
Brian McTaggartMLB.comHOUCashServaisHinch
Jesus OrtizOur EsquinaHOUCashBakerLa Russa
Sam MellingerKC StarKCCashServaisBaker
Alec LewisThe AthleticKCCashServaisHinch
Sam BlumThe AthleticLACashServaisLa Russa
Jim AlexanderSouthern California News GroupLAMontoyoServaisLa Russa
La Velle Neal IIIMinneapolis Star TribuneMINCashServaisBaker
Dave CampbellAssociated PressMINMontoyoServaisBaker
Pete CalderaBergen RecordNYCashCoraBaker
Ken DavidoffNew York PostNYCoraCashBaker
Josh DubowAssociated PressOAKCashServaisBaker
Shayna RubinBay Area News GroupOAKCashServaisBaker
Shiho SasakiJiji PressSEACashServaisBaker
Maury BrownForbesSEAServaisBakerCash
John RomanoTampa Bay TimesTBCashBakerServais
Mark DidtlerAP Freelance WriterTBCashCoraMontoyo
Jeff WilsonJeff Wilson’s Texas Rangers NewsletterTEXCashBakerServais
TR SullivanAt-LargeTEXCashLa RussaServais
Mike WilnerToronto StarTORMontoyoServaisCash
Mike HarringtonBuffalo NewsTORCashMontoyoCora