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Terry Francona named AL Manager of the Year

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Sep 17, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Guardians shortstop Amed Rosario celebrates with manager Terry Francona, right, after hitting an RBI single to win the game during the fifteenth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Terry Francona of the Cleveland Guardians was named the 2022 American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday night.

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.

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.

“For younger guys … that are still trying to find their footing in our league, that’s pretty amazing that they were able to always put our team first,” Francona said. “And for that I had, and I still will have, a tremendous amount of respect for that group.”

The National League Manager of the Year was set to be named later Tuesday evening.

–Field Level Media