Scioscia named AL Manager of Year by Sporting News

Scioscia named AL Manager of Year by Sporting News

Angels skipper Mike Scioscia was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday by Sporting News, which also named Matt Williams of the Nationals in the National League based on a panel of 22 fellow managers.

Scioscia edged out the Orioles' Buck Showalter, 6-5, for guiding the Angels to a Major League-best 98 wins before getting swept in the American League Division Series by a Royals team that reeled off eight consecutive postseason victories en route to the World Series.

Scioscia also won Sporting News' award -- handed out since 1936 -- in 2002 and '09. Those previous years, Scioscia also won the more prestigious Manager of the Year Award that's voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The Baseball Writers' Association will name the 2014 AL and NL Manager of the Year on Nov. 11.

The Angels boasted a star-studded team this season, but Scioscia faced several obstacles in leading them to their first postseason appearance in five years. Josh Hamilton perpetually struggled at the plate and battled injury, leaving the Angels with a void in the cleanup spot. C.J. Wilson had his worst year since becoming a starting pitcher five years ago, clouding an already thin starting rotation. And Scioscia's best pitcher, Garrett Richards, tore the patellar tendon in his left knee on Aug. 20, an injury many felt would spoil the Angels' chances of winning the AL West.

Instead, the Angels rallied, winning 20 of their next 27 to make up 10 games on the A's and ultimately run away with the division.

Scioscia, whose job security came into question after disappointing finishes the previous two years, evolved in many ways in his 15th season with the Angels, from his lineup construction to the incorporation of analytics to a more open relationship with his players.

On Monday, Matt Shoemaker finished second to White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu for Sporting News' AL Rookie of the Year Award. Albert Pujols, however, did not finish among the top five for AL Comeback Player of the Year, an award that went to Mariners starter Chris Young.

The publication will announce the Major League Player of the Year on Thursday, an award that figures to come down to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Angels center fielder Mike Trout. Kershaw was named Baseball America's Major League Player of the Year on Tuesday, denying Trout a third straight victory.

The BBWAA will announce the AL MVP on MLB Network at 3 p.m. PT on Nov. 13, and Trout is the heavy favorite to win for the first time.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.