Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona finishes second in AL Manager of the Year voting

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona finished second in the American League Manager of the Year Award voting, Major League Baseball and the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Tuesday night.

Francona tallied 90 points, including 11 first-place, nine second-place and eight third-place votes, which put him behind only Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins and ahead of AJ Hinch of the World Champion Houston Astros, who was third.

Under Francona’s guidance in 2017, the Indians set franchise and American League records with 22 consecutive wins (Aug. 24-Sept. 14).

In the 118-year history of the American League, no team won more consecutive games than the 2017 Indians.

With their 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers (60-85) at Progressive Field on September 13, the Indians won their 21st consecutive game, which broke a tie with the 2002 Oakland Athletics for the longest winning streak in AL history.

The next night, the Indians secured a come-from-behind victory against the Kansas City Royals to extend the new AL record by a game.

Only the 1916 New York Giants (26) won more consecutive games than the 2017 Indians, who built the winning streak despite having nine key players on the disabled last for all or a majority of the 22-game stretch.

Additionally, the Indians won the AL Central Division Championship for the second consecutive year, a first for the organization since bringing home the titles in the 1998 and 1999 seasons, and later, earned the best record in the American League with 102 wins.

Despite all of the successes in 2017, there were plenty of struggles, especially for Francona, who underwent a cardiac ablation to correct an arrhythmia midway through the season after making multiple in-game trips to the hospital for failing health.

Prior to the procedure, Francona missed five games over a three-week stretch because of medical issues.

During a June 13 game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Progressive Field, Francona had a bout of dizziness, and then, on June 26, he again experienced a dizzy spell and left a game against the Texas Rangers early to receive medical attention.

Francona was allowed to return to his post as manager, but did so with a monitor that had a button in which he pushed when having a bout of lightheadedness so that doctors could find the source of the issues that forced him out of the June 26 game.

Following a road trip in Detroit, Francona returned to the hospital because of health issues, and he missed the entire three-game series with the San Diego Padres at Progressive Field, as well as the 2017 MLB All-Star Game in Miami.

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