The San Francisco Giants manager, Gabe Kapler, was named the winner of the National League Manager of the Year award for the 2021 season on Tuesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) reported.
Kapler, who last week signed a two-year extension that ties him to the club until 2024, is the second Giants manager to receive the Manager of the Year. Dusty Baker, now a manager for the Houston Astros, won it in 1993, 1997 and 2000. “The veterans told me in the spring fields that they wanted to win the division. That’s when I realized that this was a special group,” said Kapler, who received 28 votes of first place and one of second, for a total of 143.
Under Kapler, the Giants stunned the baseball world, winning 107 games, a record for the award-winning franchise, and dethroning the Los Angeles Dodgers from their dictatorship in the NL West.
Kapler maxed out a roster that did not put up a finalist for individual BBWAA awards (Most Valuable Player, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year) and who began the season with an expectation of winning between 74 and 75 games.
That difference of 32 wins is the highest a team has achieved in the sportsbooks since the Major Leagues concluded its last players’ strike in 1995.