Showalter named top manager by Baseball America

Orioles skipper takes home publication's honor for second time in three years

Showalter named top manager by Baseball America

A quarter century after Buck Showalter won Baseball America's first Minor League Manager of the Year Award, he's now a two-time winner of the big league version. The publication named the Orioles skipper as its Major League Manager of the Year for the second time in three years.

In a year when the balance of power turned in the American League East, Showalter led the O's to their first division title since 1997 and their first playoff series win in the same stretch, sweeping the Tigers out of the AL Division Series in dominant fashion.

Baltimore's 96-66 record was second best in the Majors and a 27-game turnaround from 2011, Showalter's first full season at the helm.

Showalter is also one of 10 finalists for Manager of the Year honors as part of the GIBBY Awards, to be announced Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on MLB Network. Members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted Showalter as the winner of the AL Manager of the Year Award at season's end, his second such honor.

Add in Dan Duquette's honor as Baseball America's Executive of the Year, and the Orioles are the third organization to sweep the publication's leadership awards. Jim Leyland and Dave Dombrowski last did it with the Tigers in 2006. Lou Piniella and Pat Gillick did the same with the Mariners in 2001.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.