A. Ladies and Gentleman welcome to 2007 Major League Baseball Award Ceremony.
B. My name is Joe Stavole and I am commissioner of major league baseball.
C. The two main awards will be the American and National League Managers of the year.
D. The qualifications is that you must have the most total votes and this man had 116. The votes are casted by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
E. The 2007 Major League Baseball American League Manger of the Year Award goes to Eric Wedge.
A. Eric Michael Wedge was born January 27, 1968 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
B. He attended Northrop High School in Fort Wayne and played on the school's state champion baseball team in 1983.
C. As a player, he led the Wichita State University Shockers to the 1989 College World Series championship.
D. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox that same year, played nine minor league seasons in the Red Sox, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Phillies organizations and played briefly for the Red Sox (1991, 1992, 1994) and the Rockies (1993).
E, After managing in the Indians' minor league system from 1998 through 2002, he was named manager of the Indians in October 2002 and became the youngest manager since 1985 in the Major Leagues at 35 years, 64 days old on opening day 2003.
F. In 2007 he guided his team to a 96-66 record.
G. His team made its first playoff appearance since 2001.
H. His team beat the Yankees in the American League Division Series.
I. The team took over first place for good on August 15 and went a major league best 31-13 to finish the season.
J. He had one player picked as the AL Cy Young Award winner. He had another starting pitcher who won 19 games.
A. Eric Wedge is a well liked guy. He is hardworking, generous, creates energy, and is a family man.
B. Ladies and Gentleman the 2007 Major League Baseball American League Manger of the Year Award goes to Eric Wedge.