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Ex-Royal Hurdle chosen NL manager of year; Francona is AL winner

Updated: 2013-11-13T15:29:52Z

By BOB DUTTON

The Kansas City Star

AL: Terry Francona, Cleveland

Why he won: There’s irony in Terry Francona’s selection Tuesday night as the American League’s 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, it’s a representation of the organization. I’ll gladly accept it, but it’s for all of those people.”

The voting

Manager, TeamFirstSecondThirdTotal
Terry Francona, Cleveland16120116
John Farrell, Boston1210696
Bob Melvin, Oakland251136
Joe Girardi, New York02511
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay0239
Jim Leyland, Detroit0103
Buck Showalter, Baltimore0011
Ron Washington, Texas0011
Ned Yost, Royals0011

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.

Previous winners

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 League’s 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 Atlanta’s 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, we’d have a big series and … I’d tell them, ‘Hey, look guys. You’ve got to step it up and play big this week because I’m going to get outmanaged.

“I can tell you one thing that’s going to happen — I’m going to get outmanaged. So really step your game up. And they believed me.”

The voting

Manager, TeamFirstSecondThirdTotal
Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh2550140
Don Mattingly, Los Angeles217768
Fredi Gonzalez, Atlanta341619
Mike Matheny, St. Louis04719

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.

Previous winners

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, bdutton@kcstar.com

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