Indians skipper Terry Francona is one of three finalists for American League Manager of the Year, an annual award given by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The announcement was made Tuesday night on the MLB Network.
In his first year as Tribe manager, Francona led the club to 92 wins, an improvement of 24 over 2012. In addition, a late-season hot streak enabled the Indians to capture the No. 1 AL wild card spot, though the Tribe’s season ended with a loss to the Rays in the one-game playoff to determine which club would qualify for the division series.
The other two AL finalists for Manager of the Year are John Farrell, who piloted the Red Sox to the Eastern Division championship in his first year as the club’s skipper. Farrell formerly managed the Blue Jays and began his baseball career as a starting pitcher for the Tribe.
Bob Melvin, who led the small market Athletics to their second consecutive Western Division title, is the third finalist for AL Manager of the Year honors.
Announcement of the winners of all the Baseball Writers Association of America awards will be made next week on the MLB network. Rookie of the Year honors will be featured Monday night, top managers will be announced Tuesday night, followed by the Cy Young winners on Wednesday and MVP winners on Thursday night. Each broadcast will begin at 6 p.m.
Here are the finalists in each category:
AL MVP – Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Chris Davis.
NL MVP – Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutchen, Yadier Molina.
AL Cy Young – Max Scherzer, Yu Darvish, Hisashi Iwakuma.
NL Cy Young – Jose Fernandez, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright.
AL Manager – John Farrell, Terry Francona, Bob Melvin.
NL Manager – Fredi Gonzalez, Clint Hurdle, Don Mattingly.
AL Rookie – Jose Iglesias, Chris Archer, Wil Myers.
NL Rookie – Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Yasiel Puig.