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Clint Hurdle, Terry Francona named Managers of the Year

Nov 12, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT

Terry Francona AP

The Manager of the Year awards, annually given to the guys whose teams exceed expectations by the greatest amount, was claimed Tuesday by Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle in the NL and the Indians’ Terry Francona in the AL.

Hurdle was the easy winner in the Senior Circuit, receiving 25 of the 30 first-place votes. He was listed second on the other five ballots. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was second, getting two first-place votes and 17 second-place votes. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was first on three ballots, but he was second on just four, so he finished well behind Mattingly in third place.

The Cardinals’ Mike Matheny was the only other NL manager to receive votes. He was second on four ballots and third on seven.

The AL vote was much closer, with Francona receiving 16 first-place votes to Red Sox manager John Farrell’s 12. A’s skipper Bob Melvin got the remaining two and finished in third place. Overall, Francona finished with 112 points to Farrell’s 96. Both were left off two ballots.

In all, nine AL managers received votes, with Joe Girardi finishing fourth, Joe Maddon fifth and Jim Leyland sixth. Buck Showalter, Ron Washington and Ned Yost each received a single third-place vote.

They were the first Manager of the Year awards for both Hurdle and Francona, who met in the World Series while guiding different teams in 2007. Hurdle had his high finish with the Rockies that year, ending up third in the NL balloting. Francona had never finished higher than fourth in the balloting despite his 744-552 record in eight years with the Red Sox. Of course, expectations were higher then.

  1. psousa1 - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Well I just listened to an interview on WEEI in Boston with the woman, from the JiJi press (however you spell it) who left Francona and Farrell off her ballot. You can count on her losing her vote now. She just gave the most rambling bizarre interview and it was painfully obvious she had no clue as to what was going on. Last year she voted for Melvin, Maddon and Showalter and she voted for those 3 again. She sounded desperate because she knew she was stuck and then said she won’t vote for any manager who has a top 10 payroll team. Good job once again BBWA!

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