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Indians' Terry Francona named 2013 AL Manager of the Year

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Smile Terry Francona, you're manager of the year! (USATSI)
Smile Terry Francona, you're manager of the year! (USATSI)

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On the strength of his first season in Cleveland, Terry Francona of the Indians has been voted 2013 Manager of the Year in the American League. BBWAA voters gave him the edge over fellow AL finalists John Farrell of the Red Sox and Bob Melvin of the Athletics, who won the award in 2012. Francona took first place on 16 of 30 ballots, while runner-up Farrell was named first on 12. Melvin placed third.

Francona inherited an Indians team that went 68-94 in 2012. While they had a fairly active offseason following that dismal campaign, guiding them to a 92-70 record and a wild-card berth, which is what Francona did, is deeply impressive in any context. That's especially the case since the AL Central was tougher than expected and given that the Indians ranked 23rd in payroll.

Francona becomes the second Cleveland skipper to win the award, as he joins Eric Wedge in 2007. Despite Francona's success in Boston, this marks the first time that he ever finished higher than fourth in the balloting.

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