2013 NL Manager of the Year
Clint Hurdle Leads Pirates Turnaround
Clint Hurdle, who steered the Pittsburgh Pirates to the franchise's first winning season in 21 years, was voted National League Manager of the Year in balloting by the BBWAA that was announced on MLB Network.
Hurdle, 56, placed first on 25 ballots from the 30 submitted by two writers representing each league city and second on the other five to score 140 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. He was the only manager named to every ballot.
Don Mattingly, whose Los Angeles Dodgers won the NL West title, received two first-place votes and was the runner-up in the balloting with 68 points. Fredi Gonzalez of the NL East champion Atlanta Braves had one more first-place vote than Mattingly but finished third overall with 43 points. The only other manager to receive support was Mike Matheny of the NL Central- and pennant-winning St. Louis Cardinals. Balloting is conducted prior to the start of postseason play.
The Pirates qualified for a wild-card berth with a 94-68 record, the first time they finished a season above .500 since 1992 when they were 96-66 and won the NL East, their previous postseason appearance. Jim Leyland won Manager of the Year honors that season as well as in 1990. Hurdle's victory marked the third time a Pittsburgh manager was honored. Hurdle's best previous finish in the balloting was in 2007 when he was with the Colorado Rockies and placed third.
2013 AL Manager of the Year
Terry Francona Honored for Leading
Terry Francona, who guided the Cleveland Indians to their first postseason berth in six years, was named American League Manager of the Year in balloting by the BBWAA that was announced on MLB Network.
Francona, 54, was listed first on 16 of the 30 ballots submitted by two writers representing each league city, second on 10 and third on two to score 112 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. It marked the first time in his 13-season managerial career that Francona received first-place votes in AL Manager of the Year balloting despite having taken the Boston Red Sox to World Series championships in 2004 and '07. Francona never finished higher than fourth place in Manager of the Year voting previously, which he did three times.
In his first year as manager of the Red Sox, John Farrell also won a World Series title. He placed second in the voting with 96 points, based on 12 first-place votes, 10 seconds and six thirds. The other two first-place votes went to the 2012 winner, the Oakland Athletics' Bob Melvin, who finished in third place. In all, nine managers gained mention. Balloting is conducted prior to the start of postseason play.
Francona directed an Indians club that has lost 94 games in 2012 to a 92-70 finish in 2013. The Indians ended the regular season on a 10-game winning streak to qualify as a wild-card team. They lost the wild-card playoff game to Tampa Bay. Francona became the second Tribe manager to win the award. The other was Eric Wedge in 2007, the previous year Cleveland reached postseason play.