Shop Fantasy Central Golf Guide Email Travel Subscribe SI About Us Baseball - MLB Fantasy All-Time Stats Minors College World Baseball

 
  U.S. SPORTS
  baseball
scores
probables
schedules
standings
stats
injuries
transactions
players
teams
scoreboards
pro football S
col. football S
pro basketball S
m. college bb S
w. college bb S
hockey S
golf plus S
tennis S
soccer S
motor sports
olympic sports
women's sports
more sports
 WORLD SPORT

EVENTS
 Sportsman of the Year
 Heisman Trophy
 Swimsuit 2001

CENTERS
 Fantasy Central
 Inside Game
 Multimedia Central
 Statitudes
 Your Turn
 Message Boards
 Email Newsletters
 Golf Guide
 Cities
 Work in Sports

CNNSI.com GROUP
 Sports Illustrated
 Life of Reilly
 Television
 SI Women
 SI for Kids
 Press Room
 TBS/TNT Sports
 CNN Languages

COMMERCE
 SI Customer Service
 SI Media Kits
 Get into College
 Sports Memorabilia
 TeamStore

Boston's best

Red Sox's Williams snags AL manager honors

Click here for more on this story

Posted: Thursday November 11, 1999 05:56 PM

  Jimy Williams is the first Red Sox skipper to win the Manager of the Year award since John McNamara in 1986. AP

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jimy Williams won the American League Manager of the Year award Thursday after leading the Boston Red Sox into the playoffs despite the loss of Mo Vaughn.

Williams received 20 of 28 first-place votes and five seconds for 115 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

"As far as I'm concerned, this is a team award," Williams said. "It's pretty special."

Oakland's Art Howe was second for keeping the Athletics in contention until September despite a $25.2 million payroll, 24th among the 30 major league teams. He got five firsts, 19 seconds and three thirds for 85 points.

Joe Torre of the World Series champion New York Yankees, last year's winner, was third with 21 points.

Johnny Oates of the Texas Rangers finished fourth with one first place vote and 18 points. Mike Hargrove, fired by the Cleveland Indians after losing to Boston in the playoffs, finished fifth with two firsts and 13 points. He will manage Baltimore next season.

Voting results
The voting for the Baseball Writers Association of America's 1999 American League Manager of the Year with name, team and votes on a 5-3-1-point basis:
Manager Team 1st 2nd 3rd Tot
Jimmy Williams
Art Howe
Joe Torre
Johnny Oates
Mike Hargrove
Red Sox
Athletics
Yankees
Rangers
Indians
20
5
-
1
2
5
19
4
-
-
-
3
9
13
3
115
85
21
18
13
 

Boston had been expected to struggle after Vaughn left as a free agent and signed with the Anaheim Angels.

"Certainly Mo was an integral part of this ballclub in the past years, but wasn't with our team," Williams said. "He was with another team, and you have to move on. We weren't trying to replace Mo. Maybe some other players could step up and do a little more here and a little more there. Basically, that's what happened. A lot of different people stepped up."

Boston, 22 games behind the Yankees when it won the AL wild-card in 1998, finished only four games back this year, improving from 92-70 to 94-68.

The Red Sox even pressed New York in September, sweeping a three-game series at Yankee Stadium and closing within three games during the final two weeks.

Your Choice:
AL Manager of the Year
CNN/SI polled users yesterday to see who they thought would be named AL Manager of the Year. Your selection was:
Jimy Williams
  50%
Joe Torre
  32%
Art Howe
  12%
Mike Hargrove
  6%

Total Votes: 7,665

After the votes were cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, the Red Sox overcame a 2-0 deficit to beat the Indians in the best-of-5 first-round series, then lost to the Yankees in the AL Championship Series.

"The thing I felt good about was being down 0-2 and coming back and watching these kids win," he said of the Cleveland series.

Williams wouldn't look ahead to trying to catch the Yankees next season.

"We open up against Seattle -- that's what we're geared for," he said. "I guess I'm too simple."


 
Related information
Stories
Reds' McKeon named NL's top manager
Multimedia
Jimmy Williams says the Red Sox played their hearts out. (282 K)
Visit Multimedia Central for the latest audio and video
Search our site Watch CNN/SI 24 hours a day

Sports Illustrated and CNN have combined to form a 24 hour sports news and information channel. To receive CNN/SI at your home call your cable operator or DirecTV.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.


CNNSI Copyright © 2000
CNN/Sports Illustrated
An AOL Time Warner Company.
All Rights Reserved.

Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.