The Sporting News has named Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter American League Manager of the Year.
Showalter received four votes from his fellow managers, Oakland’s Bob Melvin was second and Chicago’s Robin Ventura came in third.
“It’s quite an honor coming from my peers, but I view this as a team award. I really do. The players, coaches and everyone involved made this possible,” Showalter told The Sporting News.
“Every player back in spring training believed we could be successful. We have some injuries along the way, we had some bumps in the road, but everyone does over 162 games. We never turned it into a woe-is-me situation. We played through it,” Showalter said.
The Orioles won 93 games, 24 more than in 2011, and won the Wild Card game in Texas before losing to New York in five games in the Division Series.
“Some people said we were lucky, and we probably were at times. But there are no Cinderellas in baseball, there are too many games for that. Now comes the hard part—you have to build on this season and improve.”
Showalter has twice won the The Baseball Writers Manager of the Year Award, and is a heavy favorite to do it again when the winner is announced on Nov. 13.