John Farrell named Sporting News AL Manager of the Year

October 22, 2013 - 10:17 am

The first of what is expected to be many awards for the Red Sox this year was bestowed upon John Farrell on Tuesday, as the Sox skipper was named American League Manager of the Year by the Sporting News. One year after the Red Sox lost 90 games, Farrell took over following a stint as manager in Toronto and led the Sox to a league-best 97-65 record and the American League pennant. Pirates bench boss Clint Hurdle was the National League winner after guiding Pittsburgh to its first winning season (94-65) and playoff appearance since 1992. Voting was done by a panel of 19 major league managers, who voted only in their own league. Farrell received five votes, two more than Indians manager Terry Francona, who was manager in Boston when Farrell was the team's pitching coach from 2007-10. Bob Melvin (A's) and Ron Washington (Rangers) received one vote apiece. Hurdle also received five votes, beating out the Braves' Fredi Gonzalez (3) and the Cardinals' Mike Matheny (1).