Former Red Sox manager and current Cleveland Indians chief Terry Francona just edged out the Sox John Farrell for AL Manager of the Year as awarded by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Francona had16 first-place votes compared to Farrell’s 12, resulting in 112 points for Francona compared to 96 for Farrell. Bob Melvin of the A's finished in third with two first-place votes and 36 points.
One "honored" BBWAA member left Farrell off the ballot entirely. Direct your outrage @ChristinaKahrl.
While Francona may have led the Tribe from a 94 loss season to a 92 win season, Farrell guided the wheel of a ship that had been sinking to the best record in baseball.
Francona's Indians lost in the wild-card game. The Red Sox won the World Series.
However, ballots were cast before the playoffs which may have hurt Farrell's chances. The fact that Francona has many friends in the media may have also helped his case.
If it's one thing the BBWAA loves it's someone that pays attention to them.