AL: Terry Francona, Cleveland
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
Why he won: Theres irony in Terry Franconas selection Tuesday night as the American Leagues manager of the year after leading the Cleveland Indians to a 24-game turnaround in his first season.
Francona, 54, never gained a single first-place vote in 12 previous managerial seasons despite twice directing the Boston Red Sox to World Series titles.
But he collected 16 first-place votes from a 30-member panel consisting of two members of the Baseball Writers Association of America from each league city.
That was sufficient for Francona to edge John Farrell, who just led the Red Sox to another World Series crown. The balloting took place prior to postseason play.
Royals manager Ned Yost received one third-place vote.
In his words
It gives me a chance to brag about our organization, Francona said. I accept this with honor, but it gives me a chance to talk about (everyone from) the clubhouse guys to the trainers to our baseball ops guys who are the absolute best to our ownership and to the players.
When you get an award like this, its a representation of the organization. Ill gladly accept it, but its for all of those people.
|Terry Francona, Cleveland||16||12||0||116|
|John Farrell, Boston||12||10||6||96|
|Bob Melvin, Oakland||2||5||11||36|
|Joe Girardi, New York||0||2||5||11|
|Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay||0||2||3||9|
|Jim Leyland, Detroit||0||1||0||3|
|Buck Showalter, Baltimore||0||0||1||1|
|Ron Washington, Texas||0||0||1||1|
|Ned Yost, Royals||0||0||1||1|
The voting panel consists of two BBWAA members representing each of the 15 chapters in American League cities. Managers receive five points for a first-place vote, three for a second-place vote and one for a third-place vote. Balloting is conducted prior to postseason play.
Kansas City Chapter ballots
• Rustin Dodd, Kansas City Star: Francona, Farrell, Melvin.
• Tod Palmer, Kansas City Star: Farrell, Francona, Melvin.
2012: Bob Melvin, Oakland; 2011: Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay; 2010: Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota; 2009: Mike Scioscia, Los Angeles; 2008: Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay; 2007: Eric Wedge, Cleveland; 2006: Jim Leyland, Detroit; 2005: Ozzie Guillen, Chicago; 2004: Buck Showalter, Texas; 2003: Tony Peña, Royals; 2002: Mike Scioscia, Anaheim; 2001: Lou Piniella, Seattle; 2000: Jerry Manuel, Chicago.
1999: Jimy Williams, Boston; 1998: Joe Torre, New York; 1997: Davey Johnson, Baltimore; 1996 (tie): Johnny Oates, Texas, and Joe Torre, New York; 1995: Lou Piniella, Seattle; 1994: Buck Showalter, New York; 1993: Gene Lamont, Chicago; 1992: Tony La Russa, Oakland; 1991: Tom Kelly, Minnesota; 1990: Jeff Torborg, Chicago.
1989: Frank Robinson, Baltimore; 1988: Tony La Russa, Oakland; 1987: Sparky Anderson, Detroit; 1986: John McNamara, Boston; 1985: Bobby Cox, Toronto; 1984: Sparky Anderson, Detroit; 1983: Tony La Russa, Chicago.
NL: Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh
Why he won: One-time Royals prospect Clint Hurdle was a runaway choice as the National Leagues manager of the year Tuesday night after guiding the Pittsburgh Pirates to their first winning season in 21 years.
Hurdle, 56, garnered 25 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by a panel consisting of two members of the Baseball Writers Association of America for each league city.
Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly finished second in the balloting, followed by Atlantas Fredi Gonzalez and St. Louis Mike Matheny.
Hurdle was the Royals first-round pick in 1975 and reached the majors in 1977. A December 1981 trade sent him to Cincinnati. He also played for the Mets and Cardinals in a 10-year career.
In his words
The players know, Hurdle laughed. So many times this season, wed have a big series and Id tell them, Hey, look guys. Youve got to step it up and play big this week because Im going to get outmanaged.
I can tell you one thing thats going to happen Im going to get outmanaged. So really step your game up. And they believed me.
|Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh||25||5||0||140|
|Don Mattingly, Los Angeles||2||17||7||68|
|Fredi Gonzalez, Atlanta||3||4||16||19|
|Mike Matheny, St. Louis||0||4||7||19|
The voting panel consists of two BBWAA members representing each of the 15 chapters in National League cities. Managers receive five points for a first-place vote, three for a second-place vote and one for a third-place vote. Balloting is conducted prior to post-season play.
2012: Davey Johnson, Washington; 2011: Kirk Gibson, Arizona; 2010: Buddy Black, San Diego; 2009: Jim Tracy, Colorado; 2008: Lou Piniella, Chicago; 2007: Bob Melvin, Arizona; 2006: Joe Girardi, Florida; 2005: Bobby Cox, Atlanta; 2004: Bobby Cox, Atlanta; 2003: Jack McKeon, Florida; 2002: Tony La Russa, St. Louis; 2001: Larry Bowa, Philadelphia; 2000: Dusty Baker, San Francisco.
1999: Jack McKeon, Cincinnati; 1998: Larry Dierker, Houston; 1997: Dusty Baker, San Francisco; 1996: Bruce Bochy, San Diego; 1995: Don Baylor, Colorado; 1994: Felipe Alou, Montreal; 1993: Dusty Baker, San Francisco; 1992: Jim Leyland, Pittsburgh; 1991: Bobby Cox, Atlanta; 1990: Jim Leyland, Pittsburgh.
1989: Don Zimmer, Chicago; 1988: Tommy Lasorda, Los Angeles; 1987: Buck Rodgers, Montreal; 1986: Hal Lanier, Houston; 1985: Whitey Herzog, St. Louis; 1984: Jim Frey, Chicago; 1983: Tommy Lasorda, Los Angeles.
2013 announcement schedule
• AL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year: Wil Myers, Tampa Bay
• NL Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year: Jose Fernandez, Miami
• AL Manager of the Year: Terry Francona, Cleveland
• NL Manager of the Year: Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh
• Today: AL and NL Cy Young Award
• Thursday: AL and NL Most Valuable Player
| Bob Dutton, firstname.lastname@example.org