Terry Francona, Buck Showalter named Managers of the Year

Terry Francona of the Cleveland Guardians was named 2022 American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday night, while Buck Showalter of the New York Mets earned Manager of the Year honors in the National League.Francona won the award for the third time (2013, 2016), all with Cleveland — joining Dusty Baker and Bobby Cox as the only managers to win the award three times with the same club.Meanwhile, Showalter became the first man to win Manager of the Year four times with four different teams (New York Yankees in 1994, Texas Rangers in 2004, Baltimore Orioles in 2014). He joined Cox and Tony La Russa as the only four-time winners of the award in history.Francona received 17 of the 30 available first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and finished with 112 total points. The Baltimore Orioles’ Brandon Hyde finished second with 79 points (nine first-place votes).Scott Servais of the Seattle Mariners was third with 43 points and one first-place ballot, while Baker of the Houston Astros received more first-place ballots (three) but took fourth at 31 points.”When you start hearing people talk about you personally, it makes you a little uneasy,” Francona said about the recognition on MLB Network. “But for the things it allows me to brag about in our organization, that part makes me really happy, whether it’s the players, the coaches, all the way to the clubbies, the trainers, the medical people. That’s the part that’s fun because we get to live it out every day.”Francona guided the Guardians to a 92-70 record and the AL Central division title one year after they finished under .500 at 80-82.Working with the youngest team in MLB, Francona’s Guardians won 24 of their final 30 games to blow past the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins and win the division.

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