Hurdle earned his award by leading the Pirates to their first winning season and playoff appearance in more than two decades. After back-to-back late-season collapses in 2011 and 2012, the Bucs were able to hold things together in 2013, earning a wild card berth by winning 94 games in the regular season. Pittsburgh eventually fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in the division series.
Francona wins his first manager of the year award in his inaugural year at the helm in Cleveland. The former Red Sox skipper returned to the dugout in 2013 with the hopes of reversing the organization's recent fortunes, and did just that. Francona led Cleveland to a 92-win season, earning the team a playoff berth (the wild card game, at least) for the first time since 2007.