Wedge Again Places Second To Guillen

Eric Wedge

Eric Wedge, who guided the Indians to a 13-game improvement in the standings and a second-place finish in the American League Central Division to the World Champion Chicago White Sox in 2005, finished second in voting for AL Manager of the Year.

Ozzie Guillen, whose White Sox held off Cleveland's late-season charge in the division, then went 11-1 in the post-season, was the winner in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

2005 AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD VOTING

MANAGER

TEAM

1ST

2ND

3RD

TOTAL

Ozzie Guillen

White Sox

17

5

5

105

ERIC WEDGE

INDIANS

6

11

8

71

Joe Torre

Yankees

4

7

2

43

Ken Macha

Athletics

1

3

7

21

Mike Scioscia

Angels

-

1

4

7

Terry Francona

Red Sox

-

1

1

4

John Gibbons

Blue Jays

-

-

1

1


Wedge's showing was the best by a Cleveland manager since Mike Hargrove finished second with 81 points in 1994 to Buck Showalter, then of the New York Yankees. No Indians manager has won the award since it was first presented in 1983.

Voting for all BBWAA awards takes place after the regular season and excludes the postseason. Managers got five points for a first-place vote, three for a second-place vote and one for a third-place vote. Two writers in each major-league city participated.

Bobby Cox of the Atlanta Braves won the National League award. Tony LaRussa of the St. Louis Cardinals finished second to Cox for the second year in a row. Cox also won the NL award in 1991 with the Braves and was the AL winner in 1985 with the Toronto Blue Jays.

2005 NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD VOTING

MANAGER

TEAM

1ST

2ND

3RD

TOTAL

Bobby Cox

Braves

28

4

-

152

Tony LaRussa

Cardinals

2

13

3

52

Phil Garner

Astros

-

9

11

38

Frank Robinson

Nationals

2

4

7

29

Ned Yost

Brewers

-

-

7

7

Charlie Manuel

Phillies

-

1

2

5

Bruce Bochy

Padres

-

1

1

4

Willie Randolph

Mets

-

-

1

1

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