NEW YORK - The Minnesota Twins' Ron Gardenhire and San Diego Padres' Bud Black were named the top managers in the American and National League on Wednesday.
Gardenhire at last won the Manager of the Year award after being runner-up an AL-record five times, while Black won NL honors by one point over Cincinnati's Dusty Baker.
A frequent candidate for the award, Gardenhire has often cobbled together winning teams despite the Twins not having one of the highest payrolls in baseball.
The Twins played the entire 2010 season without closer Joe Nathan and missed slugging first baseman Justin Morneau for half the year, but went 94-68 and won the AL Central crown for the sixth time since Gardenhire took over the position in 2002. Gardenhire is the second Minnesota manager to win the award, joining Tom Kelly in 1991.
Gardenhire received 16 of 28 first-place votes and finished with 108 points on the Baseball Writers' Association of America's 5-3-1 tabulation system. Texas' Ron Washington, who led the Rangers to their first AL West title since 1999 and the first World Series appearance in franchise history, was second with 10 first-place votes and 81 points.
Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon received one first-place vote and was third with 44 points, while Boston's Terry Francona was fourth with 13 points. Toronto's Cito Gaston received the other first-place vote and finished fifth, while Yankees manager Joe Girardi rounded out the voting with one point.
Black took the National League honor in one of the closest races in history. It was the third time the NL Manager of the Year voting came down to a single point.
Black received 16 first-place votes and 104 total points, while Baker got 13 first-place votes and 103 points.
Black guided the Padres to a 90-72 record despite the fact that they ranked near the bottom of the league in runs scored. San Diego thrived on pitching, and Black managed a staff that had an average age of 27.2 years and ranked second in the NL with a 3.41 earned-run average.
The Padres were in the playoff hunt until the final day of the season, and finished with the team's best mark since 1998.
Black becomes the second San Diego manager to win, joining 1996 winner Bruce Bochy.
Bochy, now manager of the San Francisco Giants, finished third in the 2010 voting with one first-place vote and 30 points. Atlanta's Bobby Cox and Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel each received a first-place vote and finished fourth and fifth, respectively, while Houston's Brad Mills was sixth.