Brian Snitker, Bob Melvin win 2018 Manager of the Year Awards

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Snitker, 63, is in his third season as the Braves’ manager. In 2018, he led the Braves to a 90-72 first-place finish, sending the team to the postseason for the first time since 2013. The Braves lost in four games to the Dodgers.

Snitker received 17 of 30 first-place votes. Brewers manager Craig Counsell finished in second place followed by the Rockies’ Bud Black, the Cardinals’ Mike Shildt, the Cubs’ Joe Maddon, and Dave Roberts of the Dodgers.

The Braves named Snitker the interim manager on May 17, 2016 after firing Fredi González. The organization went into a rebuilding mode and wasn’t expected to seriously compete in 2018, but a breakout season from NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuña Jr. and Mike Foltynewicz, as well as great seasons from Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis, Arodys Vizcaino, and Aníbal Sánchez — among others — helped the Braves challenge in the NL East ahead of schedule.

Last month, we learned that Snitker almost quit his job with the Braves due to a sour relationship with former GM John Coppolella. Coppolella later resigned as a result of his role in violating international signing rules. Freeman and current GM Alex Anthopoulos went on record giving Snitker a huge vote of confidence.

Melvin, 57, is now a three-time Manager of the Year Award winner, having previously won in 2007 with the Diamondbacks and in 2012 with the A’s. In 2018, he saw a 22-win turnaround. Unfortunately for the A’s, their 97-win season wasn’t good enough while playing in the same division as the Astros, who won 103 games.

Melvin received 18 of 30 first-place votes. Red Sox manager Alex Cora finished in second place, followed by Kevin Cash of the Rays, A.J. Hinch of the Astros, and Aaron Boone of the Yankees.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.