OAKLAND -- A's skipper Bob Melvin tends to like every aspect of his life organized. So as humbling as it was to land in Oakland on Wednesday morning to dozens of congratulatory text messages and voice mails, the newly named American League Manager of the Year was rather overwhelmed."I'm one who does not like clutter on my phone, so it's bothering me at this point," said a smiling Melvin, who flew in from New York. "But I will get to everybody." Having already spoken to the likes of Dusty Baker and Bob Brenly, Melvin addressed a different crowd about his honor on Wednesday at the Oakland Coliseum, fielding a handful of questions from local media members less than 24 hours after it was announced he had edged the Orioles' Buck Showalter in voting for the prestigious award. Melvin naturally handed praise back to the organization that hired him last year. Luckily, assistant general manager David Forst was on hand, though, to give credit where it's due. "Bob stood out as one guy who deserves individual accolades," Forst said. "He had a fantastic year. Bringing him in about a year and a half ago was the best decision we've made for this organization in quite some time, and I can't imagine someone more deserving of this award." With Melvin on hand, there was reason to revisit the 94-win season that revitalized both the city of Oakland and the team that calls it home. The A's proved numerous doubters wrong by the day, compiling a remarkable second-half stretch that culminated in six straight wins and, on the final day of the season, an AL West title, before they fell in Game 5 of the AL Division Series to the Tigers.
2012 AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR VOTING
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