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Francona 2016 AL MOY, by a good margin.

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Terry Francona will always be known in Boston as the manager who in 2004 directed the Red Sox to the franchise's first World Series championship since 1918. Dave Roberts will always be remembered as the player whose stolen base in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series that year sparked an historic turnaround that saw Boston come back to win after being down 3-0, setting the stage for everything that followed.

 

Their lives intersected again Tuesday night when Francona of the Indians and Roberts of the Dodgers were voted the AL and the National League Managers of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

 

"I laugh about it all the time, but the truth is that [without that play] it probably would have been a completely different outcome," Francona said on a conference call. "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't happy for him. I don't need to evaluate his managing, but I can certainly be happy for him because he's a friend of mine."

 

Roberts played for several managers during his career, but said that Francona definitely influenced his approach.

 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is voted the 2016 BBWAA NL Manager of the Year, winning the award in his first full season as manager

 

"I think the way he related to players, his relationship to the front office and fans," Roberts said. "For me, the main thing with Tito is that he just let players play. And I think when you as a coach or a manager can empower your players, it can go a long way. From Tito to a lot of great managers and coaches I had the great pleasure to be around, kind of helped me form my managing style."

 

AL Manager of the Year the second for Francona

 

AL Manager of the Year voting

Manager, Team 1st 2nd 3rd Points

Terry Francona, Indians 22 5 3 128 <--- Big winner!

Jeff Banister, Rangers 4 12 8 64

Buck Showalter, Orioles 2 9 7 44

John Farrell, Red Sox 2 3 9 28

Joe Girardi, Yankees 1 2 5

Scott Servais, Mariners 1 1

 

Francona has managed 16 years in the big leagues with three teams, has been to the World Series three times and won it twice and was previously voted Manager of the Year with the Indians in 2013. Roberts was a rookie manager. They had one thing in common this season, though. Both had to overcome significant obstacles to succeed.

 

In Cleveland, Francona's roster was notably depleted by shoulder surgery to starting outfielder Michael Brantley that ended his season after just 11 games. The rotation was decimated when Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar went on the disabled list in September.

 

Still, the Indians won 94 games and went all the way to Game 7 of the World Series against the Cubs. (The BBWAA voting takes place before the start of the playoffs and reflects only the results of the regular season.)

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