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Terry Francona named AL manager of the year; John Farrell is second

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  November 12, 2013 06:42 PM

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was named the American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday.

John Farrell was second and Bob Melvin of Oakland was third. In all, nine managers received votes.

Francona received 16 of 30 first-place votes and finished with 112 points. Farrell received 12 first-place votes and had 96 points.

Voting is done by 30 BBWAA members, two representing each city in the American League. The vote is conducted before the start of the playoffs. Here is a breakdown of the voting.

Writers selected three managers on their ballots.

For Francona, it was his first Manager of the Award and the first time he has ever received first-place votes despite leading the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007.

The Indians were 92-70 under Francona and qualified for the American League Wild Card playoff game. Francona was in his first season as manager. It was the first winning record for the Indians since 2007. The Indians won their final 10 games to qualify for the playoffs.

Farrell led the Red Sox to a 97-65 record and first place in the American League East in his first season. The Sox were 69-93 in 2012 under Bobby Valentine.

Asuka Iinuma Brown (Jiji Press representing Seattle) and Christina Kahrl (ESPN.com representing Chicago) did not have Farrell on their ballots at all. That did not cost him the election, however.

Brown also did not vote for Francona. Her ballot had Melvin, Joe Maddon and Buck Showalter. It was the only vote Showalter received. The Orioles were 85-77 after finishing 93-69 in 2012.

The two writers from Toronto — Mike Rutsey (Toronto Sun) and Tom Maloney (The Globe and Mail) selected Francona first and Farrell second. Farrell managed the Blue Jays from 2011-12 and his decision to leave Toronto for Boston was heavily criticized there.

Before the award was announced, Sox general manager Ben Cherington said he expected Farrell to win.

":It shouldn't go, in my mind, any other way. He did a terrific job this year, definitely proud of what he did and the team did," Cherington said.

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