As expected, Joe Maddon is the AL manager of the year. He received all but one first-place vote. The other went to Ron Gardenhire, who apparently took somebody’s dog as hostage.
Maddon had 138 points. Gardenhire had 58 and was followed by Mike Scioscia, Terro Francona, Crazy Ozzie Guillen and Cito Gaston.
In the National League, the race was more wide open as Lou Piniella (15), Charlie Manuel (8), Fredi Gonzalez (5), Joe Torre (3) and Tony LaRussa (1) all received first-place votes. They finished in that order. Jerry Manuel, Cecil Cooper and Dale Sveum also received votes.
Keep in mind the voting is done prior to the start of the postseason. At least nobody voted for Joe Girardi in the National League.
The AL Cy Young will be announced tomorrow.