Showalter a finalist for AL MOY Award

Three-time winner looks to beat out Rangers' Banister, Indians' Francona

Showalter a finalist for AL MOY Award

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who led Baltimore to its third postseason trip in five years, was recognized for his efforts on Monday night.

Showalter was named one of three finalists for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's 2016 American League Manager of the Year Award, revealed on MLB Network. He joins the Rangers' Jeff Banister and Cleveland's Terry Francona as finalists for the award, which will be announced Nov. 15 on MLB Network (6 p.m. ET air time).

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Showalter is the only member of the O's among the finalists for the BBWAA awards, as closer Zach Britton, who won the Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year Award, was left out of the top three in Cy Young Award voting.

The AL Cy Young Award finalists are Corey Kluber (Indians), Rick Porcello (Red Sox) and Justin Verlander (Tigers).

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Showalter led the Orioles to an 89-73 record and a share of the AL Wild Card in 2016. The Orioles lost to Blue Jays, 5-2, in 11 innings in that game in Toronto.

A three-time AL Manager of the Year winner, Showalter last won the award in 2014 with the Orioles. He's appeared on Manager of the Year ballots in nine of his 18 seasons as a Major League manager.

Showalter owns a 1,429-1,315 career managerial record across stints with the Yankees, D-backs, Rangers and Orioles.

Esurance MLB Awards week concludes Friday on MLB Network and at 8 p.m. ET with the MLB Awards. Categories include Best Major Leaguer, Hitter, Pitcher, Rookie and Manager, and recognize overall MLB winners with no league distinction.


Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.