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Bob Melvin scores narrow AL Manager of the Year victory

Nov 13, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

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Just as it should have been, Oakland’s Bob Melvin and Baltimore’s Buck Showalter claimed the top two spots on all 28 AL Manager of the Year ballots. Melvin, though, scored the win with 16 first-place votes to Showalter’s 12.

Rookie manager Robin Ventura of the White Sox came in third place with 12 third-place votes. Joe Maddon was fourth, followed by Joe Girardi. Jim Leyland and Ron Washington were named on two ballots apiece.

Melvin’s Athletics went 94-68 to win the AL West in his first full year at the helm. He replaced Bob Geren in June 2011 with the team off to a 27-36 start and then went 47-52 the rest of the way for a 74-88 finish.

Melvin also won the NL Manager of the Year award with the Diamondbacks in 2007, so he joins Davey Johnson, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Bobby Cox and Lou Piniella as managers to win in both leagues.

That’s pretty good company for a manager whose lifetime winning percentage is .502 (634-628) in nine seasons.

  1. husky2score - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    What?? This was definitely Buck’s award IMO! Showalter did way more than Melvin. Wow!

    • skeleteeth - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      Doubt Buck gives two shits anyway.

  2. psuravens19 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    #WestCoastBias… Congrats to Bob Melvin

  3. uyf1950 - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Well deserved. In my opinion Melvin did more with less.

    • bigharold - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM

      Perhaps but Showalter did more against MUCH greater competition.

      Buck got hosed.

      • paperlions - Nov 14, 2012 at 8:07 AM

        Much better competition? Seriously? You might want to look at the AL west standings from last year and realize a couple of things.

        First, the west was just like the east in terms of team quality except that they didn’t have a crappy team like the Red Sox. The last place team in the west would have finished ahead of the Jays as well.

        Second, the A’s actually WON their division, rather than finishing 2nd. Which, you know, is better.

  4. historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    I hope Craig didn’t put Carlo up on this one.

  5. randygnyc - Nov 13, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Bucks road to success in the AL east was much difficult than Melvin’s in the west.

    • kkolchak - Nov 13, 2012 at 8:01 PM

      Baloney. The Red Sox fell apart, the Rays suffered from the injury bug and the Jays fell apart after the All Start break, while the A’s not only had to contend with reigning AL champion Rangers and the Puljous and Trout led Angels, but beat them both out for the division title.

  6. osnation - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Wow..bringing baseball back to Baltimore and turns a team with no pitching to a team that took the Yankees to a max series. #Buckleup

  7. APBA Guy - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Tough one to differentiate between Buck and Bob. In the end, I’m not sure what justified the preference of one over the other. I will say that the A’s were wildly entertaining, at least from mid-May on. Maybe Bob got the edge for winning the division. Anyway, coin toss for me.

    • rmcd13 - Nov 14, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      You are probably right about winning the division pushing Melvin over the top.

    • scatterbrian - Nov 14, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      For me, Melvin wins on the rookie factor. Here are the percentages used for each team:

      PA – 27.4%
      IP – 61.8%

      PA – 10.5%
      IP – 32.5%

  8. mburke2012 - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    no votes for Bobby V ?…’s rigged, I tell ya !!!!

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