Bob Melvin edges out Buck Showalter for AL Manager of the Year
Melvin received 16 of 28 first place votes, and Showalter received the other 12.
Melvin's Oakland Athletics won the AL West with a 94-68 record, despite very low expectations at the beginning of the season.
Showalter's Orioles were similar, winning the wild card with a 93-69 record, finishing 2nd in the highly competitive AL East, where they were predicted to finish 4th or 5th.
Personally, I believe Showalter should have won the award, but Melvin was certainly an excellent choice as well.
Robin Ventura, Joe Maddon, Joe Girardi, Jim Leyland and Ron Washington split the 3rd place votes.
Congrats to Bob Melvin and the Athletics for an excellent season, and the Manager of the Year award.