NEW YORK — Clint Hurdle won the NL Manager of the Year award Tuesday after guiding the Pittsburgh Pirates to the playoffs in their first winning season since 1992.
Hurdle was a runaway winner, selected first on 25 of 30 ballots from a Baseball Writers’ Association of America panel. Don Mattingly of the Los Angeles Dodgers came in second and Fredi Gonzalez of the Atlanta Braves finished third.
“It’s a bit overwhelming, to tell you the truth,” Hurdle said in an interview on MLB Network. “It’s humbling. It’s gratifying from an organizational standpoint.”
It was the first Manager of the Year honor for the 56-year-old Hurdle. His highest finish had been third in 2007, when he led the Colorado Rockies to the World Series.
The only other Pittsburgh manager to win the award was Jim Leyland in 1990 and 1992.
, the bookends to three consecutive division titles for the Pirates.
After that, they endured a record 20 straight losing seasons — the longest drought in any of the four major professional sports — before going 94-68 this year to capture an NL wild card.