Mike Shildt was the right man at the right time for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Now he’s being recognized as the top man in his field after being named National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday.
Shildt received topped Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers and Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves in a close vote by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Shildt won 95-88, but actually got fewer first-place votes (10) than Counsell (13). Shildt got the most second-place votes with 14 — the combination of both made him the highest vote-getter.