Melvin wins NL Manager of the Year Award

Diamondbacks Manager Bob Melvin has been named the 2007 National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. This is Melvin's first Manager of the Year award as he becomes the first Diamondbacks manager to earn the honor.

Bob Melvin, 44, received 119 points to win the award. Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel (76 points) finished second and Colorado's Clint Hurdle (58) finished third. Melvin was listed first on 19 of 32 ballots, second on seven and third on three from the committee of two writers in each National League city on a 5-3-1 point system.

He just completed his third season as manager of the D-backs and led the team to its first National League West title since 2002, fourth in franchise history. After a 90-72 regular-season record, the best in the National League and a 14-game improvement over 2006, Melvin and the Diamondbacks swept the Cubs in the NLDS and advanced to the National League Championship Series.

Arizona went 50-31 at Chase Field, their third-best win total at home in franchise history, and also went 32-20 in one-run games this season, the best such mark in franchise history.

Arizona's 90 wins this season give Melvin the second-highest win total of his career, as his Seattle Mariners team won 93 games in 2003, his first season with the team. Melvin is now 243-243 (.500) in his 3 seasons as manager of the Diamondbacks, and owns a 399-411 (.493) in his 5 seasons as a Major League manager.

Melvin also earned National League Manager of the Year honors from The Sporting News and then earned the Negro League Baseball Museum's C.I. Taylor Legacy Award for National League Manager of the Year.

Following are the voting totals for the 2007 BBWAA NL Manager of the Year:

Manager, Club 1st 2nd 3rd Points
Bob Melvin, Arizona 19 7 3 119
Charlie Manuel, Philadelphia 7 11 8 76
Clint Hurdle, Colorado 4 10 8 58
Lou Piniella, Chicago 2 3 6 25
Bud Black, San Diego 1 1 4
Manny Acta, Washington 4 4
Ned Yost, Milwaukee 2 2

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