The Cleveland Indians’ Terry Francona and Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts have been voted the American League and National League Managers of the Year, respectively, by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Francona, who also won the award in 2013, led the Indians to the AL Central title with a 94-67 record, and although the postseason isn’t considered for the award, he certainly backed it up by coming just one victory shy of winning the World Series.
Francona received 22 first-place votes and led overall with 128 points. The Texas Rangers’ Jeff Banister and Baltimore Orioles’ Buck Showalter rounded out the top three, respectively.
Roberts, meanwhile, won the award in his first season with the Dodgers. L.A. won the NL West with a 91-71 record, which is remarkable considering how many injuries Roberts and the team had to overcome.
He is the sixth manager to win in his first season as an MLB skipper, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The Chicago Cubs’ Joe Maddon and Washington Nationals’ Dusty Baker finished second and third, respectively.
The AL and NL CY Young Award winners will be announced Wednesday, while the MVPs for both leagues will be named Thursday.
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