Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Ron Gardenhire wins AL Manager of the Year award

Posted by: Phil Miller under Ron Gardenhire Updated: November 17, 2010 - 1:10 PM

The results are in. Ron Gardenhire is the 2010 American League Manager of the Year.

The Baseball Writers Association of America announced the results today at 1 p.m. The voters -- two writers from each AL market, so 28 overall -- submitted their ballots before the postseason.

Gardenhire finished with 108 points, including 16 first-place votes. Rangers manager Ron Washington finished second with 81 points, including 10 first-place votes. Rays manager Joe Maddon was third with 44 points, including one-first place vote. The other first-place vote went to the Blue Jays' Cito Gaston.

Padres Bud Black took home the National League honor, edging Reds manager Dusty Baker by one point.

Gardenhire, 53, had finished second in the voting five times: 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009. The Twins went 94-68 to win their sixth AL Central title in nine years, despite losing All-Star closer Joe Nathan in spring training and All-Star first baseman Justin Morneau at mid-season.

Gardenhire was on all 28 ballots, including 16 first-place votes, eight second-place votes and four third-place votes. Washington was on 25 of 28 ballots.

The only other Twins manager to win the award was Tom Kelly in 1991.


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