Brandon Hyde named 2023 AL Manager of the Year
Another day, another well-deserved award for the Baltimore Orioles organization.
Hyde almost won the award unanimously, too. He won the award over first-year Texas Rangers manager Bruce Bochy and Tampa Bay Rays’ Kevin Cash. Hyde garnered 27 of the 30 first-place votes, finishing second on the other three behind Bochy, who had 12 second-place votes and 10 third-place votes.
Hyde is the fourth manager in franchise history to win the award, joining Frank Robinson (1989), Davey Johnson (1997) and Buck Showalter (2014). He helped guide the Orioles to 101-61, the fourth-best regular season in franchise history and the best since 1979 (102-57). Baltimore got swept by Bochy’s Rangers in the best-of-five ALDS, but these votes were cast ahead of the postseason, as it is a regular season award.
“I don’t think you go into a season expecting to win 101 games,” Hyde said when the award was announced Tuesday. “I was hoping we would build off last year. I was really encouraged by the second half we had last year. I felt like if we stayed healthy and with some young players coming into their own … that if we built off last year’s momentum, we could be better than last year, which was finish above .500.“
&quot;Extremely thankful… super blessed and honored and I feel great for the organization.&quot;&mdash; MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 15, 2023
Brandon Hyde reacts to winning the @officialBBWAA AL Manager of the Year Award and details how he steered the @Orioles&#39; ship this season. pic.twitter.com/bnByBpyNHy
In Hyde’s first four seasons with the team, he went 214-332, but had a good up-and-coming young core in Henderson, Adley Rutschman, Dean Kremer, Kyle Bradish and Grayson Rodriguez, among others, to build off of. Baltimore did just that and maintains one of the best farm systems in baseball, giving the Orioles a great opportunity to possibly further expand on its incredibly successful season in 2024.
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