Kanye thinks Buck Showalter is the greatest manager of all timeBuck 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.

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  1. I still think it’s ridiculous how all of the baseball execs snubbed Dan Duquette in the voting for The Sporting News’ 2012 MLB Executive of the Year. He should have won hands down and I’ve got 10 reasons why. Check it out here (http://bit.ly/T4VaPP) then be sure to vote for Dan for MLB’s 2012 Gibby for Executive of the Year. Vote here: http://atmlb.com/RLfvHr

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