Clint Hurdle and Terry Francona named NL and AL Manager of the Year

Clint Hurdle was the obvious choice in the NL, but did John Farrell get robbed for Manager of the Year?

11/13/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Apr 16, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona (left) and Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell shake hands before a game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY SportsWhen we previewed the Manager of the Year awards, Clint Hurdle was the obvious choice for the National League award. The BBWAA saw it the same way, and awarded Hurdle the honor following the Pirates' first playoffs appearance in two decades.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly finished 2nd, followed by Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez and Mike Matheny of the Cardinals. No other managers received votes.

In the American League, it was a much tighter race. Indians manager Terry Francona took home the hardware, receiving 16 of 30 first place votes. John Farrell of the Red Sox finished 2nd, with 12 first place votes, followed by Bob Melvin and the final 2 first place votes.

Other AL managers receiving votes included Yankees' Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon of the Rays, Tigers skipper Jim Leyland, Orioles' manager Buck Showalter, Ron Washington of the Rangers, and the Royals' Ned Yost.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe makes the case that John Farrell was snubbed. But was he?

Farrell did a great job with the Sox, turning them around after an abysmal season under Bobby Valentine. But keep in mind: that Red Sox team, despite their failure in 2012, was loaded with talent. Also, the fact that Farrell's Red Sox won the World Series is irrelevant, since the votes were cast before the postseason began.

Farrell did a great job, as did many other managers in the AL. You can see that, based on the incredible number of managers who received votes. But Francona was definitely the most deserving.
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11/13/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

Call me biased but I'm surprised Melvin didn't get more votes.

11/13/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2796 respect

Things may not have ended well for the Red Sox the year before, however any team with Pedroia, Big Papi and a pretty good pitching rotation doesn't exactly require a brain surgeon to manage.  What Francona did in Cleveland was more admirable, and beside I am sure John Farrell isn't feeling cheated, especially when he sees his future ring and bank account for winning the Series.