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If they heard such news years ago, Best fake OakleysFrancona said, ''both of us would have laughed each other out of the room.''
Hurdle also was quick with a self-deprecating joke after he won.
''There's guys laughing all over the place,'' he said in an interview on MLB Network. ''The players know so many times this season we'd have a big series, getting together just trying to break the ice I'd tell them, 'Hey, look guys, you've got to step it up, play big this week because I'm going to get outmanaged. I can tell you one thing that's going to happen:Fake Oakleys gascan I'll get outmanaged. So really step it up.' And they did. They believed me every series.''
Just like Francona, the 56-year-old Hurdle won Manager of the Year for the first time. His highest finish had been third in 2007, when he led Colorado to the World Series.
Don Mattingly of the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers came in second and Fredi Gonzalez of the NL East champion Atlanta Braves was third.
''I'm grateful,'' Hurdle said. ''But it's kind of weird.''
The only other Pittsburgh manager to win 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.
Riding a wave of excitement from a rejuvenated fan base in a city finally enthralled by baseball again, Fake oakleysPittsburgh beat Cincinnati in the wild-card game before losing to league champion St. Louis in a division series that went the full five games.
''I know we're scratching the surface of something that's dynamic,'' said Hurdle, who has managed the Pirates for three seasons.
Hurdle was chosen second on the other five ballots and was the only manager picked on every one. He had 140 points in the 5-3-1 scoring system to 68 for Mattingly, who received two first-place votes. Gonzalez got three firsts and 43 points.
Mike Matheny of the Cardinals was the only other skipper to appear on an NL ballot. He was tabbed second by four voters and third by seven.
The 54-year-old Francona garnered 16 first-place votes to 12 for Farrell,Fake oakleys radar who lifted the Red Sox from last place to first in the AL East in his debut season as their manager. Boston won 97 games, tied for most in the majors, one year after going 69-93 under Bobby Valentine.