Terry Francona absolutely deserved to win AL Manager of the Year this past Tuesday. In his first year in Cleveland he took a team that went 68-94 in 2012 to 92 wins and a wild card birth. During the winter before the 2013 season the Inidans added Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn, but many still felt they were a longshot to make the playoffs. During the season Francona dealt with rashes of injuries and a mostly ineffective bullpen. Francona deserved to win Manager of the Year. There only problem is, John Farrell deserved it more.
Farrell’s Improbable Turn Around
Coming in off of one of the Red Sox franchise’s worst season ever both on and off the field in a season, Farrell navigated the team to 97 wins and an AL East Division title. Right before the beginning of the season, no one at ESPN, the Boston Globe, or Sports Illustrated picked them to win the AL East and many picked them to finish last. Continue reading Looking Back: Was John Farrell Robbed of Manager of the Year Award? »