AL Manager of the Year to be announced Thursday

Updated: November 11, 1999, 2:00 AM ET

NEW YORK (Ticker) -- The Boston Red Sox lost a premier slugger and played most of the season without a genuine closer. Yet they still won 94 games and advanced to the playoffs, making Jimy Williams a leading candidate for American League Manager of the Year.

Art Howe of the Oakland Athletics, 1998 winner Joe Torre of the New York Yankees and Johnny Oates of the Texas Rangers also are among the candidates for the honor, which will be announced Thursday at 2 p.m. EST by the Baseball Writers ...

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