null Baseball null Indians manager Terry Francona and Brewers skipper Craig Counsell have been named Sporting News’ 2017 managers of the year, as selected by a panel of 19 managers.Francona, who also received the award in 2016, is just the third manager to win in consecutive seasons, joining Billy Southworth of the Cardinals (1941-1942) and Bobby Cox of the Braves (2002-2005). It is the first win for Counsell. Sporting News has given Manager of the Year awards since 1936. MORE: Yankees’ Aaron Judge named Sporting News AL ROYFrancona, in his fifth year with Cleveland, led the defending AL champion Indians to 102 wins, a record 22-game winning streak in the second half, and a second straight AL Central title. Meanwhile, Counsell, in his third year with Milwaukee, kept the surprising Brewers in the playoff hunt until the end, finishing with an impressive 86 wins.