NEW YORK - Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians has won the AL Manager of the Year award in a close vote, and Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates is a runaway winner in the National League after both guided small-budget teams to charming turnarounds.
Francona edged John Farrell of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox by 16 points in Baseball Writers' Association of America balloting announced Tuesday. Francona received 16 of 30 first-place votes to 12 for Farrell.
It was the first Manager of the Year honor for Francona, who led the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. Voting is conducted before the postseason.
Hurdle was selected first on 25 of 30 NL ballots after steering the Pirates to the playoffs in their first winning season since 1992.
Hurdle was a runaway winner, selected first on 25 of 30 ballots from a Baseball Writers' Association of America panel. Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers came in second and Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves finished third.
It was the first Manager of the Year honor for the 56-year-old Hurdle. His highest finish had been third in 2007, when he led the Colorado Rockies to the World Series.
The only other Pittsburgh manager to win the award was Jim Leyland in 1990 and 1992, the bookends to three consecutive division titles for the Pirates.