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Guardians’ Terry Francona wins third AL Manager of The Year award

Guardians’ Terry Francona wins third AL Manager of The Year award

  • Indians
Nov 16
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

On Tuesday, Cleveland Guardians manager Terry Francona was named 2022 American League Manager of The Year. It was his third time winning the award. In 2013 and 2016, he also claimed the title with Cleveland.

Francona finished with 112 points after receiving 17 first-place votes and nine for second place from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

He defeated the Baltimore Orioles’ Brandon Hyde, who finished second with 79 points. Hyde had nine votes for first place, while the Seattle Mariners’ Scott Servais finished third with only one first-place vote.

Francona is Cleveland’s winningest manager thanks to his 845-671 career record. He has led the Guardians to six playoff appearances.

He led Cleveland to the AL wild card with 92 wins in 2013 after 94 defeats the previous year, which led to Manny Acta’s firing.

In 2016, Cleveland won 94 games and the AL title before falling in seven games to the Chicago Cubs in the World Series.

Francona joins Dusty Baker (1993, 1997, and 2000) and Bobby Cox (1991, 2004, and 2005) as the only managers to have won the award three times with the same team.

Francona led Cleveland to first place in the AL Central with a 92-70 record this season.

The Guardians defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 3 of the wild card series on October 8.

Then, the team forced the New York Yankees to a Game 5 of the American League Division Series. They lost 5-1 in the last game, ending their season.

Nevertheless, the team set a single-season record with four Gold Glove winners.

“This is a huge honor, but this should be viewed as an organizational award,” Francona told an MLB TV reporter. “When you start hearing people talk about you personally, it makes you a little uneasy.”

"But for the things it allows me to brag about in our organization, that part makes me really happy, whether it’s the players, the coaches, all the way to the clubbies, the trainers, the medical people. That’s the part that’s fun because we get to live it out every day.”

- Terry Francona

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