Cubs skipper Joe Maddon wins National League Manager of the Year

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CHICAGO — In his first year with the Chicago Cubs, skipper Joe Maddon brought success and optimism the likes of which Cubs fans hadn’t seen in years. He was rewarded for those accomplishments Tuesday.

Maddon, 61, was named the National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Maddon was hired prior to the 2015 season and led the North Siders to their first playoff appearance since 2008 and first NLCS since 2003.

The Cubs won 97 games in 2015 thanks in large part to Maddon’s mix of humor and innovative thinking that he was so well known for in the American League.

Maddon previously managed the Tampa Bay Rays, where he won two AL Manager of the Year awards in 2008 and 2011. He led the Rays to their first and only World Series appearance in 2008, where they lost in five games to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant won Rookie of the Year on Monday.

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