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Gardenhire, Black win manager of the year awards

By Dave Sheinin

Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire and San Diego's Bud Black were named managers of the year in the American and National leagues, respectively, on Wednesday. It was the first such honor for either manager.

Black's win was by the narrowest margin possible -- one point -- over Cincinnati's Dusty Baker. Black took 16 of the possible 32 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, while Baker took 13. However, one voter left Black completely off their three-deep ballot, which accounts for the narrow margin of Black's win. San Francisco's Bruce Bochy and Atlanta's Bobby Cox finished third and fourth, respectively.

Gardenire won by a comfortable margin over Texas's Ron Washington, taking 16 of the possible 28 first-place votes, compared with 10 for Washington. Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon and Boston's Terry Francona finished third and fourth, respectively.

Gardenhire was a five-time runner-up for the award (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009). His victory this year comes after he led the Twins to the AL Central title despite losing closer Joe Nathan in spring training and slugging first baseman Justin Morneau for half the season.

Black was honored for his guidance of the Padres, who, despite fielding the second-lowest payroll in baseball, led the NL West for almost the entire season, only to lose the crown to the San Francisco Giants on the season's final weekend.

By Dave Sheinin  | November 17, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
 
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