Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/9/14
The voting for Major League Baseball's Manager of the Year awards mirrored the seasons of the winning skippers. Oakland's Bob Melvin earned a close win for the American League honor over the Baltimore Orioles' Buck Showalter, just as the Athletics rallied to edge the Texas Rangers for the AL West title. Washington's Davey Johnson cruised to a victory in National League balloting after his team rolled to an NL East championship with a big-league-best 98-64 record. Melvin received 16 first-place votes for the AL honor, with Showalter receiving the other 12. Both were listed first or second on all 28 ballots from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Johnson received 23 of 32 first-place votes for the NL award. Runner-up Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds got five first-place votes, and San Francisco Giants skipper Bruce Bochy received four. Both winners previously won Manager of the Year awards in the opposite league. Melvin was the NL ...
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