Terry Francona won two World Series with the Boston Red Sox. Until Tuesday night, he had never won American League Manager of the Year.
Francona, who took over the Cleveland Indians and got them into the American League Wild Card game, narrowly beat out John Farrell, who managed the Red Sox to the World Series title in his first year in Boston.
The Cleveland skipper got 16 first-place votes to 12 for Farrell. Bob Melvin, who won the AL Manager of the Year a year ago, got the other two first-place votes.
Six other managers including the Orioles’ Buck Showalter received votes. Showalter was given a third-place vote by Seattle’s Asuka Iinuma Brown of the Jiji Press.
Last year, Showalter came in second to Melvin.