Nov 13, 2012 1:35 AM by Andew Masuda
Central Coast native Robin Ventura finds out Tuesday at 2pm California time if the Baseball Writers Association of America voted him the American League Manager of the Year award.
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 is 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,Jered Weaver and Clayton Kershaw are finalists for the Cy Young Award, while Bruce Bochy is up for NL Manager of the Year.
The Angels' Mike Trout was the unanimous pick on Monday as the American League's Rookie of the Year. He is also one of five finalists for MVP.
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