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Orioles' Buck Showalter named finalist for BBWAA AL Manager of the Year

Buck Showalter has won the BBWAA's AL Manager of the Year award twice -- in 1994 and 2004.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is one of the three finalists for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's American League Manager of the Year award.

Showalter, the Los Angeles Angels' Mike Scioscia and the Kansas City Royals' Ned Yost are the three finalists for the award, which is selected by the media membership of the BBWAA and is seen as the game’s most prestigious managerial award.

The winner will be announced Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. on MLB Network.

Showalter was a finalist for the award two years ago after leading the Orioles to the postseason for the first time in 15 years, but the Oakland Athletics' Bob Melvin won.

Showalter has won the award twice before -- in 1994 after guiding the New York Yankees to a 70-43 record during a strike-shortened season and in 2004 after leading the Texas Rangers to an 18-win improvement over the previous year.

And again, 10 years later, Showalter is up for the award after leading the Orioles to their first AL East division title and trip to the AL Championship Series since 1997.

Showalter could become just the second manager to win the BBWAA award with three different organizations. Tony La Russa, a four-time winner, won with the Chicago White Sox (1983), Athletics (1988 and 1992) and the St. Louis Cardinals (2002).   

The award has been given out annually since 1983. Postseason success is not taken into consideration in selecting the award.

Last month, Showalter placed second for this year’s Sporting News AL Manager of the Year award, losing out to Scioscia by just one vote.

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