The choice of Terry Francona for the 2013 American League Manager of the Year is the best choice for any award across Major League Baseball including the ones not yet announced. Francona has done such an incredible job at manager of the Cleveland Indians that he could nearly argue for executive of the year. It wasn’t the case in the National League but the American League award is spot on perfect.
From the first second that Francona walked into the Indians offices the attitude around the club changed for the better. Instantly more fans were interested in what the club was doing in the offseason and instantly more good players wanted to play there. Jason Giambi is on board today only because of the one they call Tito. He cares about his players and about this franchise. Whatever the GM was drinking on the day he hired Tito is the same thing he should spice each day with.
Results are clear in what they were able to do. No one, not one single expert anywhere called this team for a playoff berth and yet they won the top spot in the hotly contested AL wildcard race. With the leadership of Francona, the Indians overcame an injury to their then only consistent starter Justin Masterson and finished the season so strongly that it is easy to forget that they weren’t supposed to come close to where they finished.
He deserves this award one hundred percent and each and every manager across baseball should do their earnest best to copy his effect on the Indians franchise. They wouldn’t be able to do it though because there is only one Terry Francona and he is the 2013 AL Manager of the Year.