(Sports Network) - Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been named
National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of
The announcement for the American League's top manager is coming up.
Hurdle, in his third season as Pirates manager, led a 15-win improvement that
landed the team its first winning record and postseason appearance since 1992.
The Pirates went 94-68, finished second in the NL Central behind the St. Louis
Cardinals and beat the Cincinnati Reds in the wild-card game. They lost to the
Cardinals in the NLDS.
Hurdle topped fellow finalists Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers and
Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves for the award.
He received 25 first-place votes and 140 points overall to top Mattingly, who
garnered two first-place votes and 68 points. Gonzalez had three first-place
votes and 43 points.
Hurdle is the second Pittsburgh manager to win the award after Jim Leyland,
who was honored in 1990 and '92.
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