2010 Managers Of The Year

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The Minnesota Twins' Ron Gardenhire, seemingly a perennial runner-up, finally was chosen American League Manager of the Year by baseball writers, and the San Diego Padres' Bud Black made it a clean sweep for first-time winners in a close vote for National League Manager of the Year.

Gardenhire's Twins opened a new ballpark and won the American League Central despite season-ending injuries to their closer (Joe Nathan) and a midseason concussion to All-Star first baseman Justin Morneau.


The Twins won the division for the sixth time in Gardenhire's nine seasons as manager. He was listed first on 16 of the 28 ballots cast by two writers from each league city.

The runner-up was Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers, who admitted to using cocaine in the spring, but then led Texas to its first pennant (postseason isn't a factor in the voting).

The National League vote was decided by one point, with Black prevailing over Dusty Baker of the Cincinnati Reds.

Black was named on one fewer ballot than Baker (27-26), but Black had 16 first-place votes to Baker's 13.

The Padres were one of the most improved teams in the National League. Picked to finish in last place before the season, San Diego was in the NL West and wild-card race until the final day of the season. The Padres went 90-72 and finished two games behind the eventual world champion San Francisco Giants.

Points were compiled on a 5-3-1 basis, with five points for a first-place vote, three for a second-place vote and one for a third-place vote.

Voting
American League1st2nd3rdPoints
Ron Gardenhire, Twins1684108
Ron Washington, Rangers108781
Joe Maddon, Rays110944
Terry Francona, Red Sox2713
Cito Gaston, Blue Jays15
Joe Girardi, Yankees11

 
National League1st2nd3rdPoints
Bud Black, Padres1673104
Dusty Baker, Reds13122103
Bruce Bochy, Giants141330
Bobby Cox, Braves141128
Charlie Manuel, Phillies14320
Brad Mills, Astros13
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