The three finalists for AL Manager of the Year are Cleveland Indians‘ Terry Francona, Oakland Athletics‘ Bob Melvin and 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox‘ John Farrell. All three men have done enough to stake claim to deserving to win this award, but only one will get it. Which manager ends up with the hardware?
After Francona was fired by Boston he ventured on a slight managerial hiatus and took his baseball intelligence to ESPN. It wasn’t long there after that Cleveland came calling and Terry got the itch to manage again. What happened after that was pure managerial genius. With Francona aboard the Indians finished the season on a ten game winning streak and almost beat out the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central title. Unfortunately, the season ended for the Indians in the wildcard playoff game. Regardless of all of that, what Francona did with the Indians is enough to give him a great chance at winning manager of the year.
Oakland finished the season one game behind the Red Sox for the best overall record in baseball. Melvin was able to manage the Athletics to 96 victories in 2013. Oakland has a lot of solid players, but they don’t have any true superstars. What Bob has been able to do with Oakland is really astounding, and just like the other two finalists Melvin has a solid chance at winning this award.
Boston went from one of the worst teams in baseball to 2013 World Series champions. Not only did Farrell manage them to a championship, but they finished the regular season tied for the best record in baseball. You could say the Red Sox were the best team in baseball from start to finish in 2013 and having Farrell as the manager is a big reason why.
All three finalists are superb options to vote for, but the final results will look like this. Melvin will come in third, second will be Francona and that means what Farrell did as Red Sox manager can’t be denied as he wins the AL Manager of the Year award.
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