The Sporting News honors Farrell

As he prepares his team for the World Series, first-year Red Sox coach John Farrell was named 2013 AL Manager of the Year by The Sporting News on Tuesday.

Farrell led the Red Sox to a league-best 97-65 record and the American League pennant just one year after Boston lost 90 games under manager Bobby Valentine.

Farrell is just the fourth manager to lead Boston to the World Series in his first season, joining Terry Francona (2004), Ed Barrow (1918) and Jake Stahl (1912). All three of those teams won the championship that year.

Voting was done by a panel of 19 major league managers. Other top contenders were Terry Francona (Indians), Bob Melvin (A's) and Ron Washington (Rangers).

The more official 2013 AL Manager of the Year Award, given out by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, won't be announced until November.