Counsell had more first place votes than Shildt, but came up short in total points. Shildt came up with 95 total points thanks to his 14 second place votes. Counsell managed only six second place votes and was only on 24 total ballots, compared to Shildt’s 27.
With the loss, Counsell has taken second place two consecutive years. Last year, he lost to Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker.
The winner is decided by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Writers submit ballots at the end of the regular season. Often, voters use arbitrary decisions like whether or not a manager won their division to decide how they vote.
Counsell’s team was 7 wins worst than his 2018 club. The team also barely made it into the playoffs by grabbing the second Wild Card spot. He got a lot of credit for his management of the pitching staff in September and overcoming Christian Yelich’s knee injury, not to mention that he also overcame the lowest run differential among the playoff teams. However, those points weren’t enough to persuade voters to finally give him the award.
Guess there’s always next year...