After many near misses, Ron Gardenhire, manager of the Minnesota Twins, was a first-time Manager of the Year.
According to Fanhouse, Gardenhire was the obvious choice after five times being the runner-up. He led the Minnesota Twins to its 6th American League Central title in nine seasons.
Gardenhire draw 16 first-place votes and was the only American League manager listed on all 28 ballots, according to ESPN.
Gardenhire became the first manager in baseball history to win six division titles in his first nine seasons, according to FanHouse.