The Baseball Writers Association of America today announced Cleveland Indians Manager TERRY FRANCONA finished second in the 2017 American League Manager of the Year voting. Minnesota’s Paul Molitor (112 points) took home top honors and bested Francona (90 points) and Houston’s A.J. Hinch (56 points).
ACTIVE WIN LEADERS
1. Dusty Baker 1863
2. Bruce Bochy 1853
3. Mike Scioscia 1570
4. Buck Showalter 1504
5. TERRY FRANCONA 1483
Francona, 58, recently guided Cleveland to its second consecutive American League Central Division title, posting a regular season record of 102-60 (.630). It marked the first time a Francona-led team topped the 100-year mark as Cleveland posted the best record in the A.L. for the first time since the 1996 season. This past season marked his 13th consecutive winning season as manager, the longest by any active manager and the longest since Joe Torre, 1996-2009. 2017 will also be remembered for the 22-game winning streak, August 24-Sept. 14, the longest winning streak in the 117-year history of the American League.
During his five-year stint as Indians manager, the club has qualified for the postseason play three times, finished with a winning mark in each of those seasons and owns the best record in the A.L. over the span. He now has a 454-354 (.562) mark as Indians manager, the 3rd-highest winning pct. and 7th-highest win total in the 117-year history of the franchise. He has accumulated a 17-year career managerial mark of 1483-1269 (.539), the fifth-highest win total among active managers.