Rays’ Joe Maddon, D-backs’ Kirk Gibson win AL, NL Manager of the Year Awards

Both men were responsible for remarkable turnarounds in 2011 — one on the drop of a dime in a one-month span, the other in stark contrast to the team’s finish from a year previous.

Tampa Bay’s Joe Maddon and Arizona’s Kirk Gibson on Wednesday were named the American League and National League Manager of the Year, respectively, by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Maddon received 26 of a possible 28 first-place votes from two BBWAA writers in each AL city, for a total of 133 points. Detroit’s Jim Leyland and Texas’ Ron Washington each received one first-place vote and finished second and third, respectively.

via Rays’ Joe Maddon, D-backs’ Kirk Gibson win AL, NL Manager of the Year Awards | MLB.com: News.

via Rays’ Joe Maddon, D-backs’ Kirk Gibson win AL, NL Manager of the Year Awards.

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