Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was an overwhelming choice as National League Manager-of-the-Year in this year’s balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Not only did Hurdle lead the Pirates to their first winning season in 21 years, the team posted 94 regular season victories, won the league’s Wild Card game and forced the St. Louis Cardinals to a full five games in an NL Divisional Series.
Hurdle is the first Pittsburgh manager to receive the award since Jim Leyland took the honor in the Pirates’ last previous winning season, 1992. Leyland, in fact, is the only other Pirates skipper to win Manager-of-the-Year, also taking the honor in 1990.
Hurdle took first-place on 25 of 30 ballots, beating out the Dodgers’ Don Mattingly and Atlanta’s Fredi Gonzalez.
Terry Francona, is his first year as the skipper of the Cleveland Indians, won American League Manager-of-the-Year. Francona edged John Farrell, the first-year manager of his former team, the Boston Red Sox. Oakland’s Bob Melvin finished third.
Francona led the Indians to the American League Wild Card game.