Mike Shildt voted 2019 National League Manager of the Year

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Cardinals manager Mike Shildt was voted by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the 2019 National League Manager of the Year. He is the first manager to ever win the award without having played the game professionally prior to his managerial career.

Shildt elbowed out Brewers manager Craig Counsell, 95 points to 88, despite having fewer first-place votes (10 to 13). The Braves’ Brian Snitker, last year’s winner, finished in third place with 45 points. Also receiving votes were the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts, the Nationals’ Dave Martinez, and the Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo.

Whitey Herzog was named Manager of the Year in 1985 and Tony La Russa won the award in 2002, so Shildt is the third manager in Cardinals history to earn the honor.

Shildt’s Cardinals went 91-71, winning the NL Central and reaching the postseason for the first time since 2015. The Cardinals went on to defeat the Braves in a decisive fifth game in the NLDS but were swept out of the NLCS by the eventual world champion Nationals.

The Cardinals moved Shildt into an interim manager role after firing Mike Matheny 93 games into the 2018 season. The club went 41-28 under Shildt, whose interim tag was taken off in the offseason.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.