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Francona deserves more credit

Updated: August 29, 2011, 12:32 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- It's not just that Terry Francona has never been voted the American League's Manager of the Year. In his first seven seasons as Red Sox manager, he has not received so much as a single first-place vote.

This despite two World Series titles, five postseason appearances and five seasons of 95 or more wins.

The last Sox manager to win manager of the year was Jimy Williams in 1999, when the Sox won the wild card. John McNamara won in '86 when the Sox took the pennant. Shoot, ...

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