Hurdle Snubbed in NL Manager of the Year Vote

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Arizona's Bob Melvin has been voted the NL Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers of America. Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle placed third.

Melvin won the NL prize for leading the young Arizona Diamondbacks to the top mark in the league.

Melvin was chosen on 19 of the 30 first-place ballots and got 119 points. Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel (76), Hurdle (58) and the Cubs' Lou Piniella (25) followed.

Melvin, 46, was chosen for his steady hand in leading a team that sometimes started six rookies to a 90-72 mark. Back in the playoffs for the first time since 2002, Arizona swept Chicago in the first round and then got swept by Colorado in the NLCS.

Melvin played 10 years in the majors with seven different teams. He managed Seattle in 2003-04, then took over in Arizona in 2005.

2007 -- Bob Melvin, Arizona
2006 -- Joe Girardi, Florida
2005 -- Bobby Cox, Atlanta
2004 -- Bobby Cox, Atlanta
2003 -- Jack McKeon, Florida
2002 -- Tony La Russa, St. Louis
2001 -- Larry Bowa, Philadelphia
2000 -- Dusty Baker, San Francisco
1999 -- Jack McKeon, Cincinnati
1998 -- Larry Dierker, Houston
1997 -- Dusty Baker, San Francisco
1996 -- Bruce Bochy, San Diego
1995 -- Don Baylor, Colorado
1994 -- Felipe Alou, Montreal
1993 -- Dusty Baker, San Francisco
1992 -- Jim Leyland, Pittsburgh
1991 -- Bobby Cox, Atlanta
1990 -- Jim Leyland, Pittsburgh
1989 -- Don Zimmer, Chicago
1988 -- Tommy Lasorda, Los Angeles
1987 -- Buck Rodgers, Montreal
1986 -- Hal Lanier, Houston
1985 -- Whitey Herzog, St. Louis
1984 -- Jim Frey, Chicago
1983 -- Tommy Lasorda, Los Angeles

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