Buck Showalter will always be the 2012 American League Manager of the Year in my mind, but according to the Baseball Writers Association of America, he’s the guy that finished in second. Athletics skipper Bob Melvin, who didn’t have too bad of a season himself, took the honor with 116 votes over Showalter’s 108.
So how did this upset occur? Let’s take a look at the ballot.
Melvin recorded 16 of the 28 first place votes, while Showalter had just 12. Neither manager received a third place vote.
Showalter received first place votes from 7 of the 10 voters in AL East markets. Melvin received 6 of the 8 in the AL West, while just 3 of the 10 first place votes in the AL Central went to Showalter.
Only two cities’ writers voted 2-0 for Showalter in first place (Boston and Toronto). While four cities went 2-0 for Melvin (Detroit, Kansas City, Oakland and Texas).
Baltimore’s voters, Mel Antonen and Jim Henneman, split on their first place votes.