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Francona, Roberts Named Managers of the Year

Los Angeles (AFP) – Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and the Cleveland Indians’s Terry Francona were named the American League and National League managers of the year, respectively, Major League Baseball said Tuesday.

Francona won easily, getting 22 of the 30 first-place votes and 128 total voting points in voting by the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Francona, who also won the award with the Indians in 2013, is the 15th manager to win the award more than once.

Roberts, who as a player helped Francona win his first World Series, received 16 of the 30 first-place votes and had 108 total voting points.

Roberts led the Dodgers to a 91-71 record and an NL West title in his first year as a manager.

He accomplished that even though 28 Dodgers players were sent to the injured list in 2016. That included ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who missed two months with a back problem.

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