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Francona’s veteran skipper, Showalter was voted managers general

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Cleveland’s Terry Francona and New York’s Buck Showalter were voted managers of the year Tuesday night, improving the already scintillating resumes of both veteran baseball captains.

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Showalter — who won the NL Award in a very tight race — is only the third person to win the fourth Manager of the Year Award and the first person to win four different franchises. He won with the Yankees in 1994, the Rangers in 2004, the Orioles in 2014 and now the Mets.

Other four-time winners are Hall of Famers Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa.

“It’s changed the game,” Showalter said of his four awards in four decades. “But in many ways, it has remained the same.”

Showalter had eight of his 30 first-place votes, 10 second-place votes and 77 total points, edging out Los Angeles Dodgers captain Dave Roberts, who finished second. Roberts also had eight first-place votes, but only had four second-place votes for his 57 points.

Brian Snicker, the Atlanta player who won the award in 2018, finished third with 55 points. He received seven first-place votes. Voted by the Baseball Writers Association of America panel.

Showalter led the Mets to the second-best regular season in franchise history, finishing with 101 wins, which was a 24-win improvement over 2021. They finished second in the NL East to the Braves, who rallied to win the division.

The 66-year-old Showalter has brought a sense of stability and gravitas to a franchise that has been saddled with issues on and off the field over the past several seasons.

Francona won his third AL award in 10 seasons. He received 17 of the 30 first place votes and nine second place votes for 112 points from the BBWAA panel.

Baltimore’s Brandon Hyde finished second—with nine first-place votes and 79 points—after leading the Orioles to 31 wins. Scott Servier of Seattle was third, with one first-place vote, eight second-place votes, and 14 third-place votes. He led the Mariners to return to the postseason this season, breaking a two-decade drought.

Two-time World Series winner Francona’s 10th season with Boston may be his best managerial job. He is the ninth person to win the award three times.

“It should be considered an organizational award because that’s how I feel,” Francona said. “You start to hear people talk about you personally, and it makes you feel a little uncomfortable, but for things that allow me to show off our organization, it makes me really happy.”

Baseball’s youngest team, the Sentinels unexpectedly won the AL Central, overtook the Chicago White Sox in September and ran with the division. Cleveland then swept Tampa Bay in the wild card round before losing in five games to the Yankees in the AL Division Series.

Voting took place prior to the post-season.

Francona managed to pass the season after major health problems forced him to leave the team in 2020 and 2021. The 63-year-old said he was reinvigorated by his young team, which included 17 players who made their debut in the league this season.

He intends to return in 2023, but Francona and the Guardians have an open-ended agreement that allows him to step down if he needs to.

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Associated Press sportswriter Tom Weathers in Cleveland contributed to this report.

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