Orioles manager Buck Showalter was narrowly edged for the Sporting News American League Manager of the Year award, finishing behind the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Scioscia by just one vote.

The award, which has been given out every year since 1936, is selected by a panel of major league managers.


Scioscia received six votes to Showalter's five. The Seattle Mariners' Lloyd McClendon placed third with three votes. Fourteen of the 15 American League managers participated in the voting for this year's award.

Showalter won the award in 2012 after he helped snap the franchise's streak of 14 straight losing seasons and guided the Orioles to the AL Division Series. His work this season was equally -- if not more -- impressive as the Orioles overcame the losses of three All-Star-caliber players to win 96 games and the AL East title.

The Orioles also swept the Detroit Tigers in three games in the ALDS before bowing out to the Kansas City Royals in four games in the AL Championship Series.

Voting was conducted by the end of the regular season, so postseason success did not come into play in selecting the winner.

Showalter could still win the Baseball Writers' Association of America's Manager of the Year award, which will be announced Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. on MLB Network.

Showalter has won the Sporting News' manager award three previous times in his career. His first honor came in 1994, when he led the New York Yankees to a 70-43 record during a strike-shortened season. While managing the Texas Rangers, he shared the honor with the Minnesota Twins' Ron Gardenhire in 2004 after leading Texas to an 18-game win improvement.

This year, Showalter found a way to win the club's first AL East title since 1997 despite the losses of catcher Matt Wieters (who needed season-ending elbow surgery after just 26 games) and third baseman Manny Machado (who missed the first month of the season and was lost for the year in August with a right-knee injury).

The Orioles also lost first baseman Chris Davis late in the season to a 25-game suspension that carried over into the postseason.

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