The Sporting News Awards are not the awards we’re used to hearing about, but they still carry their own meaning. For these awards, it is not the media who votes but players and managers. And Johnson, who won the NL Manager of the Year with the Orioles Buck Showalter winning the AL award, were voted in by 17 managers (9 NL and 8 AL, who only voted for their respective leagues).
Johnson was the third National to place in the top three but first to win. Bryce Harper finished third (behind Wade Miley and Todd Frazier) in Rookie of the Year voting by players, and Adam LaRoche finished second to Buster Posey in the NL Comeback Player of the Year award.
Johnson finished one vote ahead of Dusty Baker for the award. Thursday, Sporting News will be announcing the AL and NL All-Star teams and then on Friday the MLB Player of the Year will be announced. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) awards will be announced starting November 12.