BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Orioles Manager Buck Showalter has been named the American League Manager of the Year.

Showalter became the 37th manager in baseball history to reach 1,250 wins when the Orioles won the opener of their doubleheader against the Yankees on Sept. 12. The team’s division-clinching win over Toronto on Sept. 16 was the 1,254th victory of Showalter’s career, moving him past Billy Martin into 36th place on the all-time wins list.

This year marked the second division title for Showalter in his managerial career (also 1995 with New York). He led the Orioles past Detroit in the American League Division Series, the first postseason series victory of his career. This year’s Orioles were the fourth different club that Showalter took to the playoffs (2012 Orioles, 1999 Diamondbacks, and 1995 Yankees).

Showalter has 1,259 career victories in 16 seasons as a major league manager, the third-most wins among active managers. He is 377-328 (.535) in 4½ seasons as the Orioles’ skipper since being named the 19th manager in team history on August 2, 2010.

He is the third Orioles manager to be named Manager of the Year, joining Frank Robinson (1989) and Davey Johnson (1997). Showalter has won the award two other times, in 1994 and 2004.

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