Despite the prediction at the start of the 2012 season that the Oakland Athletics would be at the bottom of the American League West division in October after trading a number of players including three All-Star pitchers in the offseason, manager Bob Melvin helped lead the team to a victory against the defending AL champion Texas Rangers on the season’s final day to win the AL West championship.
On Tuesday afternoon he was voted the American League’s Manager of the Year, beating out Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura. Melvin receive 16 first places votes from the members of the Baseball Writers Association while Showalter and Ventura each received 12.
Melvin’s nod gives him his second Manager of the Year award, winning his first in 2007 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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