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O’s Johnson quits, then wins manager award

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Davey Johnson ended his feud with Orioles owner Peter Angelos by quitting hours before he was voted AL Manager of the Year.

Johnson, who led Baltimore to an AL-best 98-64 record, has fought with Angelos since the team was eliminated by Cleveland in the AL championship series.Johnson, who finished second three times for NL manager of the year, received 10 first-place votes and 88 points, 38 more than second-place finisher Buddy Bell of Detroit.

He had one season remaining on a $2.25 million, three-year contract and offered to forgo next year's $750,000 salary if Angelos permitted him to immediately negotiate with other teams.

Baltimore reached the AL championship series in 1996 and 1997 and lost both times.

Johnson was also dismissed as manager of the Mets and Cincinnati Reds despite success with both teams. His teams have finished first or second all 10 years he managed an entire season. Johnson also has the highest winning percentage (.576) among active managers.