Former Mariners manager and current Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin was named the American League manager of the year by the Baseball Writers Association of America earlier today. Melvin beat out Buck Showalter of the Baltimore Orioles and Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox. Melvin helped guide the Oakland A's on an improbable run this season to the AL West title with a patchwork lineup and a slew of young pitchers.
This is the second such award for Melvin. He won the award in the National League in 2007 after leading the Arizona Diamondbacks
Not a bad resume for a guy who was fired by the Mariners following the 2004 season after two years with the organization. He posted 93-69 record in his first season as manager in 2003. But an aging team, fell apart in 2004, going 63-99.
Davey Johnson of the Washington Nationals won the award for the National League.
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On Tuesdays, Mike Trout of the Angels and Bryce Harper of the Nationals predictably won the AL and NL rookie of the year awards.