In what seemed to be a two-man race, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has finally won the American League Manager of the Year award, beating second-place finisher Ron Washington. Gardenhire had previously been the runner-up five times.
The Padres Bud Black won in the National League.
I didn’t have a Manager of the Year vote this year — I voted for the rookies* — but my vote would certainly have gone to Gardenhire. I’m actually a little surprised at how many second-place votes went to Joe Maddon. Nothing against Maddon, I just thought Gardenhire and Washington, in either order, were easy choices at 1 and 2.
Joe Girardi got one third-place vote and finished sixth in the final standings.
|Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota Twins||16||8||4||108|
|Ron Washington, Texas Rangers||10||8||7||81|
|Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays||1||10||9||44|
|Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox||2||7||13|
|Cito Gaston, Toronto Blue Jays||1||5|
|Joe Girardi, New York Yankees||1||1|
* My Rookie of the Year ballot: 1. Feliz, 2. Jackson, 3. Davis.