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MLB News: Terry Francona named finalist for AL Manager of the Year

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was named one of three finalists for the American League’s Manager of the Year award, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Tuesday evening.

The BBWAA finalists announcement is a new kink in MLB award presentations for the 2013 season. The other two finalists for the AL Manager award are Oakland’s Bob Melvin and Boston’s John Farrell.

Francona, 54, led the Indians to a surprise 92-70 record in his first year in Cleveland. It is his third managerial stint, following a pair of World Series championships in Boston and four years with the Philadelphia Phillies.

After a few days of murmurs following the 2012 regular season, Francona was announced as Cleveland’s manager on Oct. 6. He noted his relationship with team president Mark Shapiro and general manager Chris Antonetti as a reason for moving to Ohio.

Several of the Indians new acquisitions last winter then mentioned that Francona was a key reason for their choice of team. He was a stabilizing force after the team previously faltered in the second half of the past two seasons under former manager Manny Acta.

Infamously, Francona even shared late last October that “Right now we’re not going to win very many games. We don’t have a first baseman, left fielder or DH. But that’s going to change.” Although the offseason splash signings of Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn didn’t have great seasons, the Tribe’s pitching staff led the way to a surprise Wild Card appearance after winning just 68 games last year.

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  • Natedawg86

    2nd place this yr, winner next yr

  • saggy

    Melvin or Francona. probably Melvin.

  • Hypno_Toad

    Really? I was thinking Farrell would get it easy because the Sox won it all.

  • mgbode

    unless they have changed it, the voting was always done directly after the regular season. so, postseason results are not known.

  • MrCleaveland

    I don’t like the fact that they’re turning these awards into beauty-contest moments. That’s fine for Miss America and the Oscars, but not for this and the Heisman Trophy, etc. Just name the winner and dispense with the “Homecoming Queen” drama.

  • Steve

    I’d prefer that as well, but it does make sense for MLB to drag its awards as long as possible. Maintain as much spotlight as you can, and minimize the time until ST opens. Unfortunately for them, the likes of Mike and Mike don’t do PR for them 365 days a year.

  • mgbode

    if the Heisman isn’t a Homecoming Queen / Miss America type event, then what else is?

  • MrCleaveland

    Sadly, the Downtown Athletic Club sold its dignity for television lucre.

    The Heisman Award process used to be as classy as it gets. Now it’s just another schlocky hype-infested reality show. Sad. Very sad. But inevitable, I guess.