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Updated: November 17th, 2010 1:01pm
Gardenhire named AL Manager of the Year for first time

Gardenhire named AL Manager of the Year for first time

by Phil Mackey
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It's about time.

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was named American League Manager of the Year on Wednesday for the first time.

Gardenhire received 16 first-place votes, and Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington received 10 first-place votes from participating members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Gardenhire had previously finished runner up five times -- in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

The Twins won 94 games this past season despite losing closer Joe Nathan to Tommy John surgery in March and first baseman Justin Morneau to a concussion in early July.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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