Francona Named AL Supervisor Of The Year
BIG APPLE – Two championships and eight successful seasons in Boston introduced Terry Francona precisely zero first-place votes in Supervisor of the Year balloting.
It took him one yr with the stunning Cleveland Indians to bag the prize.
Francona and Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates received the Manager of the Yr awards Tuesday after guiding their small-finances groups to charming turnarounds.
In a detailed vote by the Baseball Writers’ Affiliation of America panel, Francona edged old friend John Farrell of the World Sequence champion Red Sox 112 factors to ninety six for the American League honor.
“I have a feeling he would not commerce what they did for this any day of the week,” Francona mentioned on a convention call from Tucson, Ariz.
Hurdle was a runaway winner in the NL, selected first on 25 of 30 ballots after taking the Pirates to the playoffs of their first successful season since 1992.
“It’s so rewarding for me to see what’s happened, the synergy in the metropolis,” Hurdle mentioned in Pittsburgh. “To be a small a part of a group that’s able to carry joy at so many different levels – that’s what’s rewarding to me in life.”
It was the first Manager of the Year honor for Francona, regardless that – in an fascinating twist – he steered the Red Sox to World Sequence titles in 2004 and 2007. Throughout his initial season with the Indians, he directed them to a 24-win enchancment and their first playoff berth in six years.
They lost the AL wild-card game to Tampa Bay, but voting is performed earlier than the postseason.
Francona said he called Farrell, a longtime colleague and once his pitching coach in Boston, on Tuesday morning as a result of he thought it was funny they were up against each other as finalists for the award.
Clint Hurdle ended 20 years of futility in Pittsburgh and was rewarded Tuesday with the NL’s Manager of the 12 months award.
If they heard such information years in the past, Francona stated, “both of us would have laughed each other out of the room.”
Hurdle also was quick with a self-deprecating joke after he gained.
“There’s guys laughing all over,” he mentioned in an interview on MLB Community. “The players know so many times this season we might have a giant collection, getting together just attempting to break the ice I’d tell them, ‘Hey, look guys, you’ve got to step it up, play huge this week as a result of I’ll get outmanaged. I can tell you one thing that’s going to occur: I will get outmanaged. So really step it up.’ And so they did. They believed me each series.”
Similar to Francona, the fifty six-year-old Hurdle received Supervisor of the 12 months for the first time. His highest finish had been third in 2007, when he led Colorado to the World Sequence.
Don Mattingly of the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers came in second and Fredi Gonzalez of the NL East champion Atlanta Braves was third.
The only different Pittsburgh supervisor to win was Jim Leyland in 1990 and 1992, the bookends to three consecutive division titles for the Pirates.
After that, they endured a document 20 straight shedding seasons – the longest drought in any of the 4 main skilled sports activities – before going ninety four-sixty eight this year to capture an NL wild card.
Using a wave of excitement from a rejuvenated fan base in a metropolis lastly enthralled by baseball once more, Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati in the wild-card game earlier than shedding to league champion St. Louis in a division sequence that went the complete 5 games.
“I’m a realist, but I’m an optimist,” stated Hurdle, who has managed the Pirates for 3 seasons. “Everyone played a component.”
Hurdle was chosen second on the opposite 5 ballots and was the only NL supervisor picked on each one. He had a hundred and forty factors in the 5-3-1 scoring system to 68 for Mattingly, who acquired two first-place votes. Gonzalez bought three first-place votes and had forty three points.
Mike Matheny of the Cardinals was the only different skipper to appear on a ballot . He was tabbed second by 4 voters and third by seven.
Cy Younger Award winners shall be announced Wednesday evening, and MVPs on Thursday.
Francona garnered 16 first-place votes to 12 for Farrell, who lifted the Red Sox from last place to first within the AL East in his debut season as their supervisor. Boston won 97 games, tied for most in the majors, one yr after going sixty nine-93 under Bobby Valentine.
Bob Melvin, final year’s winner, received the other two first-place votes and came in third after his low-payroll Oakland Athletics gained their second consecutive AL West crown.
Francona never received a primary-place vote during eight seasons as manager of the Red Sox. He had by no means completed higher than fourth for this award in 12 years as a giant league skipper, together with his stint with Philadelphia.
After a messy cut up from the Red Sox following their 2011 collapse, Francona spent a 12 months in broadcasting that he stated helped him become more affected person and fewer stubborn.
This season with the Indians was one in every of his most enjoyable in baseball, he mentioned, and he loves the individuals he works for because when challenges come up “we sort out them collectively.”
“Boston is, you’re probably not purported to ever lose a sport, and that’s tough to do,” Francona said, including the job there may be “to handle all of the noise that’s across the workforce so the guys can play.”
“You possibly can’t have all that keenness and not have some of the headaches that come with it,” he defined. “It is a bit of different in Cleveland as a result of it is extra just baseball, which I enjoy.”
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