Found November 12, 2013 on Los That Sports Blog:
Tweet The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed their best season in close to 20 years, and manager Clint Hurdle was rewarded for his contribution by being named as the National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America Tuesday. Hurdle guided the Pirates to their first winning season since 1992, as guided the Pirates to the NL Division Series before falling to the St. Louis Cardinals. Hurdle received 25 out of 30 possible first place votes, with Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly finishing a distant second in the voting. 2013 was Hurdle’s third managing the Pirates after eight seasons managing the Colorado Rockies from 2002-2009. Pittsburgh has increased their win total in each of his three seasons as manager, from 72 in 2011, to 79 in 2012 and 94 this year. Terry Francona took home the award for the American League in his first season managing the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland won 92 games under Francona after winning just 68 games the year prior. Francona, 54, rebounded from a shaky exit from managing the Boston Red Sox to quickly turn around an Indians franchise desperate for a change after Cleveland failed to post a winning season since 2008. Cleveland lost their wild card game 4-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays. Francona got 16 first place votes to out-point his Red Sox successor John Farrell for the award. This year was the first time Francona finished higher than fourth place in the voting, despite eight straight winning seasons and two World Series titles with Boston.
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