Bob Melvin named a finalist for AL Manager of the Year

Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

Major League Baseball recognized the A's manager for leading Oakland's inspired play into the 2012 postseason.

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin has been named one of three finalists for the American League Manager of the Year Award, according to Major League Baseball.

For the first time in league history, the award will be given out on live television via the MLB Network. The four awards -- Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award, NL MVP and Manager of the Year — will be announced on four consecutive days, beginning Monday at 3 p.m. PT.

Oakland catapulted its way to an AL West title after being nearly written off midway through the season. Come-from-behind victories, clutch hits and a cohesive group that no team could stop were all part of the small-market team's incredible story.

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Chicago White Sox skipper Robin Ventura were the other two finalists for the award. The Orioles had a successful season, making the playoffs for the first time since 1997 under the leadership of Showalter. Ventura had a terrific first year with the White Sox, who competed until the end of the season for the AL Central title.

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