Francona, Kluber, Naquin up for end-of-the-season awards

Francona, Kluber, Naquin up for end-of-the-season awards

DOWNTOWN CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Indians didn't take home the Commissioner's Trophy as World Series champs, but they're in line for some other hardware.

Terry Francona is a finalist for A.L. Manager of the year, Corey Kluber is up for a second Cy Young Award, and Tyler Naquin could win Rookie of the Year.

Francona won the award three years ago after coming to Cleveland and leading the Indians to their first playoff spot in six years, a wild card game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

This season Francona led the team into first place in June and never relinquished the spot, despite injuries to key members of the starting rotation. Buck Showalter of the Orioles and Jeff Bannister of the Rangers are also finalists.

Kluber won the Cy Young Award just two years ago, going 18-9 in his breakout season. He repeated those numbers this year, and was the most dominant pitcher in baseball over the final two months of the season. Postseason performances aren't included in the voting, which is unfortunate, because Kluber's pitching in the playoffs would make him a lock.

He's up against Rick Porcello of the Red Sox and Justin Verlander of the Tigers.

Naquin had a strong first half of the season for the Indians and provided one of the signature moments of the year, his inside-the-park walk off home run against the Blue Jays in August.

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