Finally! Gardy wins Manager of the Year

17 Nov

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After finishing runner-up in the voting for American League Manager of the Year five times in his first eight seasons as Twins manager, Ron Gardenhire finally received an award of his own. Gardenhire edged out Rangers manager and 1987 Twins spring training competitor Ron Washington for the award. Of the 28 ballots, Gardenhire received 16 first-place votes, eight second-place votes, and four third-place votes. He was the only manager to appear on all 28 ballots. Washington received 10 first-place votes. Terry Francona finished in third, while Joe Maddon finished in fourth place.

Ron Gardenhire led his team to a 94 win season despite a season full of injury and other distractions. Before the season even started, he lost his closer, Joe Nathan, to Tommy John surgery. Joe Mauer missed three weeks in late April. JJ Hardy’s wrist injury cost him significant time. Orlando Hudson was injured following a terrific catch. His season-opening 3B Nick Punto missed a lot of time. And Justin Morneau, who was putting up MVP-type numbers did not play after July 7th. Several players did not meet expectations, and yet, the manager coaxed the team to another AL Central title.

Ron Washington was certainly a deserving candidate. Many believed that the Angels would be a lock to win the AL West yet again despite all of their losses on and off the field. The Mariners were supposed to continue to improve. But instead it was the Rangers who fought bankruptcy and a team sale to dominate the division. The Rangers dominant offense and surprisingly good pitching staff clawed and moose-eared their way all the way to the World Series, thanks in large part to second-half additions of Bengie Molina, Cliff Lee and others. Washington is a great story, overcoming his admission of cocaine use as recently as last year. The Rangers stood by him and he rewarded them. Washington is the epitome of a player’s manager.

In the NL, Bud Black finished with one more point than Dusty Baker to win the award.

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14 Responses to “Finally! Gardy wins Manager of the Year”

  1. mike wants wins November 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm #

    Either Ron was the right choice this year, I believe.

    • scot November 21, 2010 at 8:31 pm #

      I Agree 100%.

  2. Jack Steal November 17, 2010 at 4:13 pm #

    What a disgusting joke MLB has turned into now. Here is a guy who has lost 12 straight in playoffs (1 away from setting record), 6-21 lifetime in playoffs, 18-57 lifetime against the Yankees, and plays in the weakest division in baseball. With that talent on the roster this year, I could have coached them to a division title. I was aked why does playoff record matter “Because it does.” It is really that simple.

    Ron Washington plays in a tougher division, in Texas with terribly hot weather, smaller payroll, and in a football town. This all taken into account and the fact that they clobbered the Yankees makes him the run away winner. This is not an award for lifetime achievement it is manager of the year. It is embarrassing what MLB has turned into these days.

    • Ty November 17, 2010 at 4:35 pm #


    • ben November 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

      This all taken into account and the fact that they clobbered the Yankees makes him the run away winner.

      The Twins clobbered the Rangers.

  3. Seth November 17, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    Come on, Jack, I will ask you again what the playoffs has to do with the vote. The vote is due the final day of the regular season, before the playoffs, so the playoffs have absolutely nothing to do with the vote. And it shouldn’t. They are all regular season awards, as they should be.

    The AL West was way worse than the AL Central this year. Not even close. They play in hot weather, Twins play in cold weather. Twins had more injuries. Twins won a bunch more games. Minneapolis/Minnesota is a football city/state. The fact that the Rangers played great in four games against the yankees happened after the vote and wasn’t part of the regular season, so it means nothing to the award voting.

    Easily this was the right choice.

  4. Jack Steal November 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm #


    I guess you are right again. Gardy can hoist his manager of the year trophey in his den and Bruce Bochey can wear his World Series ring. This guy is the most over-rated bum that ever stepped on the field. A month and a half removed from being swept in the playoffs and everyone has already forgotten what an embarrassing three-game sweep it was against the Yankees. If this bum managed in any other market he would be unemployed working for Comcast. Instead he is the skipper of the biggest bunchg of under-achievers in Twins history. Defend that!!!!

    • Seth November 17, 2010 at 7:03 pm #

      Again, this award has nothing to do with the 3 games that you mentioned. It has to do with the 162 games before that. Hard for me to say that a 94 win season is underachieving when you consider all the injuries and such.

  5. Jack Steal November 18, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    Yep, the Texas Rangers had no injuries. They had more injuries and still went farther in the playoffs. They won their division by a bigger amount as well. Final result the wrong person was picked for manager of the year. This is not a lifetime achievement award. He has set the Twins back 10 years.

  6. Jack Steal November 18, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Question for you. Have you ever criticized anything about this team. EVER.

    • anon November 18, 2010 at 11:15 am #

      It’s in the organization’s best interests for the team to perform well. Their success is tied to the team winning. So it makes sense that Seth is usually able to justify or at least recognize the reasons behind what they do.

      Sometimes it’s hard for some fans to understand what goes into decisions. Sometimes the organization makes mistakes and has to cut ties. But sometimes decisions only seem like mistakes in the short run and you need to be patient. Afterall, the Super America can only employ so many castoffs.

  7. mike wants wins November 18, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    They plan to extend their 3B coach, for two more years? Where is the accountability on this team?

  8. SteveH November 18, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    To some extent, post-season awards are for those that didn’t accomplish as much as they should’ve….I get that.

    But to say Gardy is the “most overrated bum that ever stepped on the field” is crazy and very short-sighted. As a Twins fan, do you remember 1994-2000? I’ll take these six division championships of the past decade any day, even if each has ended in disappointment.

    Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. Take a look at the Golden Gophers…a consistent 7-5 (and even a 9-3 in there) under Mason wasn’t good enough so we go to the Brew-meister. Now, the new norm is 1-11; 7-6; 6-7; and 2-9.

  9. scot November 21, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    Some people are hard to please, do you really think Garrdy wouldn’t like to win a World Series? His players have to step up and perform and most of them have just not come through in the post season. I would like to see him clean house with his coaching staff but doesn’t look like that will happen.

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