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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.

Report: Mets sign Brad Brach to one-year, $850,000 contract

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The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.

Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.

While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.