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Rangers’ Banister runner-up in vote for AL’s top manager

Guiding the Rangers to the best record in the American League wasn’t enough for Jeff Banister to be named’s the league’s top manager.
Guiding the Rangers to the best record in the American League wasn’t enough for Jeff Banister to be named’s the league’s top manager. rrodriguez@star-telegram.com

Jeff Banister missed out on being named American League Manager of the Year for the second straight season, finishing second Tuesday in voting by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Banister led the Texas Rangers to a second straight AL West title and the league’s best record, at 95-67, before being swept out of the playoffs in the AL Division Series. The voting is based only on the regular season.

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona won the award after leading the Cleveland Indians to the AL Central crown. Former Rangers manager Buck Showalter finished third after leading the Baltimore Orioles to an AL wild-card berth.

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