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Cox, Showalter honored

Braves’, Rangers’ skippers earn manager awards

November 11, 2004

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— Bobby Cox was voted NL manager of the year on Wednesday for leading the rebuilt Atlanta Braves to a record 13th straight division title, and Buck Showalter won the AL honor after his Texas Rangers went from also-ran to contender.

Cox received 22 first-place votes and 10 seconds for 140 points to win easily. Tony La Russa of St. Louis, who has won four manager-of-the-year awards, was second with 62 points, and Jim Tracy of Los Angeles was third with 52.

La Russa's Cardinals were a major-league-best 105-57.

"I thought Tony deserved it, to be honest," Cox said. "I would be more than happy to split that trophy and have both our names on it."

Atlanta, trying to overcome injuries, was 33-39 after a loss at Baltimore on June 25, then went 63-27.

It was the third award for Cox, who won in the AL with Toronto in 1985 and in the NL with the Braves in 1991, the first year of Atlanta's record run.

Showalter kept Texas in the chase for a playoff berth until the final week of the season after four straight last-place finishes. He received 14 first-place votes, nine seconds and four thirds for 101 points, finishing ahead of Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire, who received 11 firsts, 11 seconds and three thirds for 91 points.

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