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Is Bob Melvin really a 'heavy favorite' to win Manager of the Year over Alex Cora?

Rob Bradford
November 13, 2018 - 12:26 pm

The American League Manager of the Year is being announced at 6 p.m. Tuesday. According to one national writer, Red Sox followers shouldn't hold their breath when it comes to banking on Alex Cora getting the top nod.

Nightengale, the national baseball writer for USA Today, went on to remind his followers that the voting is conducted prior to the postseason when Cora obviously made an even stronger case for himself.

The Melvin supporters will point to his Oakland A's winning 97 games and earning a Wild Card berth despite possessing the third-lowest payroll in baseball. Cora's case is built on managing a franchise-record 108 wins while doing so in the pressure-packed Boston market. The Red Sox did, of course, own the highest payroll in MLB.

The third candidate is Tampa Bay's Kevin Cash, who guided the Rays to 90 wins with the lowest payroll in baseball while implementing such unconventional maneuvers as utilizing a bullpen game once every time through the rotation.

Evidently, not everyone agrees with Nightengale's assessment ...