Cash, Mattingly are MLB's top managers

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Tampa Bay's Kevin Cash won the AL Manager of the Year award on Tuesday night while Miami's Don Mattingly took home the NL honour.

Long regarded as one of baseball's bright young minds, Cash guided Tampa Bay to an AL-best 40-20 record during the pandemic-shortened season.

But he was roundly criticised for pulling ace left-hander Blake Snell in the sixth inning of the decisive Game 6 in the World Series against the champion Dodgers.

Voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America concluded before the beginning of the playoffs.

Mattingly guided the Marlins to their first playoff appearance since 2003 despite dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that paused their season and ravaged the roster.

The Marlins' 31-29 record was Mattingly's first winning season in his fifth year with the club.

The former big league first baseman had a winning record in each of his five seasons as the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.