Nov 8, 2012 1:37 AM by Andrew Masuda
Central Coast native Robin Ventura is one of three finalists named by the Baseball Writers Association of America for the American League Manager of the Year award.
Wednesday, the BWAA announced its finalists for the major awards for the first time in its history.
Ventura led the Chicago White Sox to an 85-77 record and a second place finish in the American League Central during his first year ever as a manager at any level. The White Sox were in first place for most of the summer before fading down the stretch and being overtaken by the eventual American League Champion Detroit Tigers.
The Righetti High graduate was an assistant baseball coach at Arroyo Grande High when he was named the manager of the White Sox last year.
Ventura will go up against Oakland's Bob Melvin and Baltimore's Buck Showalter. Showalter led the Orioles into the postseason for the first time since 1997, and Melvin took the A's to the top in the AL West.
The Giants' Buster Posey is one of five finalists for the National League MVP, while Mike Trout of the Angels is a finalist for AL Rookie of the Year and MVP. Jered Weaver and Clayton Kershaw are finalists for the Cy Young Award, while Bruce Bochy is up for NL Manager of the Year.
The awards will be announced next week.
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