Oakland's Melvin edges out Showalter for AL Manager of the Year

Oakland's Melvin edges out Showalter for AL Manager of the Year
November 13, 2012, 5:45 pm
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Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter walks in the dugout before Game 3 of the Orioles' American League division baseball series against the New York Yankees Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in New York.

(AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Bob Melvin, not Buck Showalter, won the American League Manager of the Year Award.

Melvin, who guided the Oakland Athletics to a surprising AL West title, got 16 first place votes and 12 second place votes, and 116 total votes. Showalter received 12 first place votes and 16 second place votes. His vote total was 108.

Robin Ventura, Chicago’s first-year manager game in third with 12 third place votes. Tampa Bay’s Joe Maddon, New York’s Joe Girardi, Detroit’s Jim Leyland and Texas’ Ron Washington all received third place votes.

The Athletics swept the Rangers in the final three games of the season to win the West, boosting Melvin’s chances. He also won the National League Manager of the Year Award with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007.

Showalter’s Orioles improved a full 24 games—reversing a 69-93 record, winning the AL’s first Wild Card Game against Texas and extending the New York Yankees to five games in the Division Series. The Orioles broke a streak of 14 straight losing seasons.

He was attempting to win his third Manager of the Year Award. Showalter won with New York in 1994 and Texas in 2004.