MLB notebook: Indians' Francona named AL Manager of the Year
Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians won the American League Manager of the Year award in a close vote after he guided his small-budget team to charming turnaround.
Francona edged John Farrell of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox by 16 points in Baseball Writers' Association of America balloting announced Tuesday.
Francona, a New Brighton native, received 16 of 30 first-place votes to 12 for Farrell.
“It gives me a chance to brag about our organization,” Francona said.
“When you get an award like this, it's a representation of the organization. I'll gladly accept it, but it's for all these people.”
It was the first Manager of the Year honor for Francona, who led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and '07. Voting is conducted before the postseason.
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