Posted November 12, 2013

Clint Hurdle named NL Manager of the Year, Terry Francona wins in AL

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Clint Hurdle, Pirates

Clint Hurdle took the Pirates to their first postseason in 21 years. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Clint Hurdle of the Pirates and Terry Francona of the Indians were named Manager of the Year in the National and American League, respectively, in voting announced Tuesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Hurdle won easily in the NL, picking up 25 of 30 first-place votes to beat out Don Mattingly of the Dodgers and Fredi Gonzalez of the Braves. The voting was much closer in the AL, where Francona edged John Farrell of the Red Sox by just 16 points. Francona had 16 first-place votes, 10 second-place and 2 thirds for 112 points while Farrell had 12-10-6 to finish with 96.

Francona took Cleveland to the postseason for the first time since 2007. That year, the Red Sox, then managed by Francona, came from a 3-games-to-1 deficit to eliminate the Indians in the ALCS. Francona’s pitching coach that year was Farrell, who returned to Boston this season after two years as manager in Toronto and guided Boston to its first division title since that ’07 season.

The Red Sox went on to win the World Series this year — their third in 10 years, with the first two coming under Francona in 2004 and ’07 — but the votes were cast before the start of the postseason.

Hurdle led Pittsburgh to 94 wins, its most since 1992, which was also its most recent winning season. That was also the last time the Pirates had made the postseason until this year, when they claimed the top NL wild-card and then beat the Reds to advance to the Division Series, where they lost to the Cardinals.

19 comments
Kalzy
Kalzy

Hurdle fine But Francona?  Out of your collective minds. Did any of you east coast nut bags watch an A's game?

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

Imagine if Francona's Indians had faced Farrell's RedSox in the post season

carjax1202
carjax1202

As much as I am happy for Tito....c'mon man, Farrell took em' worst to first!  Unheard of during these times...oh, well.  I'll take the WS title.  Great job Farrell, you are our manager of the year.

Boogieman1281
Boogieman1281

Alright, 3/3 thus far on my picks (refused to pick AL Manager of the year.)

John02169
John02169

I love Tito but I don't understand this.  Tito and Tribe got to play the White Sox and Twins 19 times each this year.

pandateam4life1
pandateam4life1

No way Farrell doesn't win this. Worst in the division to World Series in his first year. Garbage.

sldghammer
sldghammer

I'd like to thank Clint Hurdle for the best summer I've had in along, long, time. 

rentistoohigh
rentistoohigh

@Kalzy we saw that playing the Houston Astros pads any teams W/L record...as wel as Seattle ...the A's own the Rangers...and oh yes the underperforming Anaheim Angels...nice try.......

Sulkaman
Sulkaman

@carjax1202Red Sox salary cap:  Boston $158,967,286 Cleveland salary cap:
Cleveland $82,517,300  A monkey could have managed that Red Sox roster.

BlackSession1
BlackSession1

@GeoffreyHolland @pandateam4life1 The WS win doesn't even matter. He took a team with the worst record in the best division baseball to winning that division and tying for the best record in either league. If he can't win after doing that, I don't see how any Boston manager could ever hope to win it. I'm not discrediting what Tito did, but there's literally nothing else Farrell could have to done - he had the perfect season. 

SavdByTecnology
SavdByTecnology

Totally agree with you, but I'm sure Farrell isn't complaining.