Oct 2, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona during batting practice before the American League wild card playoff game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Indians' Terry Francona named AL Manager of the Year

For the first time in his career, Cleveland Indians’ manager Terry Francona was named American League Manager of the Year.

Francona received 16 first place votes, 10 second place votes and two third place votes, for a total of 112.

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, who brought his team from a last place finish in 2012 to a World Series title in 2013 finished second while Oakland Athletics’ manager Bob Melvin finished third.

Farrell received 12 first place votes, 10 second place votes and six third place votes, earning him a total of 96. Melvin got the remaining two first place votes, five second place votes and 11 third place votes for a total of 36.

New York Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi finished fourth and Tampa Bay Rays’ manager Joe Maddon finished fifth.

The Indians improved from 66-92 to 92-70 and earned a wild card spot. They were defeated by the Rays in the wild card game.

The Red Sox, like the Indians, finished in last place in 2012. They improved from 69-89 to an American Leauge best 97-65 and won the World Series.

Melvin led the Athletics to a 96-66 record and a second straight playoff appearance.

Tags: Bob Melvin Cleveland Indians John Farrell Terry Francona

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