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Scioscia, Tracy honored as managers of the year

Mike Scioscia, who led the Los Angeles Angels to the American League Championship Series after a season marked by tragedy and numerous injuries, was named American League Manager of the Year on Wednesday, the second such honor of his career.

In the National League, Colorado's Jim Tracy won the award, after taking over an 18-28 Rockies team in May following the firing of Clint Hurdle and leading them to the playoffs as the NL wild card. Under Tracy, the Rockies went 74-42, the NL's best record in that stretch.

Scioscia steered the Angels through a harrowing year that began with the automobile-accident death of phenom right-hander Nick Adenhart and also included significant injuries to pitchers John Lackey, Ervin Santana and Kelvim Escobar, and designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero.

Scioscia received 15 of a possible 28 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire received six first-place votes and finished second, while New York's Joe Girardi received four first-place votes and finished third.

Tracy, meantime, becomes just the second manager to win the award after taking over a team in midseason, joining Jack McKeon, who did so for Florida in 2003. Tracy was a runaway winner, receiving 29 of the possible 32 first-place votes. Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals received two first-place votes and finished second, and Joe Torre of the Los Angeles Dodgers received the other first-place vote and finished third.

Full voting results can be found here.

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 18, 2009; 2:18 PM ET
 
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