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A.J. Hinch finishes second in A.L. Manager of the Year Award voting

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Like the American League West standings, A.J. Hinch finishes second to Jeff Banister.

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The play on the field imitates the vote for the American League Manager of the Year Award vote. Astros first-year manager A.J. Hinch finishes second to Rangers manager Jeff Banister, as announced by Baseball Writers of America announced on Tuesday.

Banister received 17 first place votes to Hinch's 8 and 112 total points to Hinch's 82.

Here are the voters who voted for Hinch: ESPN.com's Gordon Edes, Boston Herald's Scott Lauber, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, The Journal News' Chad Jennings, San Jose Mercury News' Tim Kawakami, Daily News' Nobuyuki Kobayashi, and the Toronto Sun's Mike Rutsey.

Hinch drove the Astros to first place for much of the season, improving their win total by 16 games over 2014 with a 86-76 record. Houston, under Hinch, reached the postseason for the first time since 2005 -- winning the their opening round matchup with the New York Yankees in the Wild Card Game.

Hinch was hired before the 2015 season after the team left go of Bo Porter. The Stanford grad was a complete 180 from Porter, allowing players to be themselves and show their personality.

The Rangers overtook the upstart Astros in Sept. after sweeping a four-game series in Arlington. Banister got $100 million dollar roster to play up to it's optional. The Rangers were one of the hottest teams down the stretch.

Paul Molitor finished in third place. The Twins finished with a 83-79 record. Three games out of the final Wild Card spot.