Terry Francona, who led the Cleveland Indians to their first playoff berth in six years, was honored Tuesday as American League manager of the year.
Francona had never received a first-place vote in previous years, even when he led the Boston Red Sox to World Series championships in 2004 and 2007.
John Farrell, who managed the Red Sox to this year's championship, finished second. Voting was completed before postseason play.
Bob Melvin, who led the Oakland Athletics to their second consecutive AL West title, finished third. Melvin won the award last year; the A's posted a better record this year.
Francona got 16 of 30 first-place votes, Francona got 12, with and Melvin received the other two.
Nine of the 15 AL managers were included on at least one ballot. Each voter lists three choices, in order of preference.
The managers that did not receive a vote: Mike Scioscia of the Angels, Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins, John Gibbons of the Toronto Blue Jays, Bo Porter of the Houston Astros, Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox and Eric Wedge of the Seattle Mariners.
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