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.
|Ron Gardenhire, Twins||16||8||4||108|
|Ron Washington, Rangers||10||8||7||81|
|Joe Maddon, Rays||1||10||9||44|
|Terry Francona, Red Sox||2||7||13|
|Cito Gaston, Blue Jays||1||5|
|Joe Girardi, Yankees||1||1|
|Bud Black, Padres||16||7||3||104|
|Dusty Baker, Reds||13||12||2||103|
|Bruce Bochy, Giants||1||4||13||30|
|Bobby Cox, Braves||1||4||11||28|
|Charlie Manuel, Phillies||1||4||3||20|
|Brad Mills, Astros||1||3|