In something of an upset, Indians skipper Terry Francona was named the AL Manager of the Year tonight. I figured Red Sox manager John Farrell was a lock as soon as his club clinched the whole worst-to-first thing. Joe Girardi finished fourth in the voting, receiving two second place votes and five third place votes. When you manage the Yankees and don’t make the postseason, you aren’t winning any awards. It’s a minor miracle he got that many votes. The full voting results are right here. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle took home NL honors. Well-deserved.
Rays outfielder Wil Myers was named the AL Rookie of the Year this evening, which is no surprise. He was the best candidate in a weak freshman class. Not a single Yankees player received a Rookie of the Year vote, first place or otherwise, which was expected. Their only rookies of note this past season were Adam Warren and Preston Claiborne, so … yeah. The full voting results are right here. Marlins righty Jose Fernandez deservingly took home the NL award.
Robinson Cano was named the AL Silver Slugger Award winner at second base on Wednesday night. It’s his fourth straight Silver Slugger and fifth overall. He also won way back in 2006. No other Yankees won Silver Sluggers, obviously. No one else on the team really hit this year. All of the winners can be seen right here. Congrats to Robbie.
Finalists for the four major awards were announced tonight, and, unsurprisingly, no Yankees made the cut. Joe Girardi was the team’s best hope for a finalist, but a Yankees manager doesn’t get many votes if the team misses the postseason. It’s just the way it is. Girardi and several players will get down ballot votes (Robinson Cano for MVP, specifically) for the various awards, which will be announced next week. All of the finalists are right here.
As expected, Mariano Rivera has been named the AL Comeback Player of the Year, the league announced. Francisco Liriano took home NL honors. Rivera was a lock for the award after missing nearly all of last season with a knee injury, but he was certainly deserving based on merit as well. Congrats to Mo on what is likely the last award of his playing career.