Leyland 2nd in AL Manager of the Year balloting
As expected, the the Rays’ run to the playoffs earned AL Manager of the Year honors for Joe Maddon, made official on Wednesday. The mild surprise, however, was Jim Leyland finishing second, and getting a first-place vote.
Maddon received all but two of the 28 first-place votes from BBWAA members in AL cities. Leyland got one, and Texas’ Ron Washington received the other. Leyland received 13 out of 28 second-place votes, compared with seven for Washington. Cleveland’s Manny Acta earned three second-place votes and seven votes for third.
For someone who entered the season on the managerial hot seat, with no contract for 2012 and a mandate to win, the vote completes an impressive year.
“I’m proud of myself because I never wavered,” Leyland told reporters Sept. 30. “I was supposed to be fired ten times this year. I only had one year left in my contract and all that. … I never get too excited about that. You go out and try to do the best you can. It wasn’t going to change anything I do. I’m proud I’m here today. It wasn’t going to change anything I do. I like to think I work hard each and every day. I was going to do the best I can and whatever the situation was it was.
“But usually you’re sitting up here having this press conference because you have really good players, and there’s no manager that ever sat up here without the good players. Nobody, I don’t care who it was. That’s why I’m here today.”