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For the Birds: Buck earns postseason honors

Orioles manager Buck Showalter, modest to say the least when it comes to personal accolades, may want to get some thank-you speeches ready.

On Wednesday, Showalter was named Sporting News AL Manager of the Year.

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Showalter turned a 93-loss team from 2011 into a 93-win team in 2012, ending Baltimore's streak of 14 consecutive losing seasons. And he did it with a third baseman playing first base (Mark Reynolds), a first baseman playing right field (Chris Davis) and a 20-year-old rookie shortstop playing third base (Manny Machado).

"It's quite an honor coming from my peers, but I view this as a team award. I really do. The players, coaches and everyone involved made this possible," Showalter said in a statement.

Sporting News' Manager of the Year award was decided on by American League managers.

Showalter received four votes while Oakland's Bob Melvin earned three votes and Chicago's Robin Ventura one.

Washington's Davey Johnson won NL Manager of the Year honors with four votes, beating out Cincinnati's Dusty Baker (three) and San Francisco's Bruce Bochy and Milwaukee's Ron Roenicke (one each).

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