This just in from the if-at-first-you-don't-succeed department: Gardi's finally been named the American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
He's been the runner-up in five previous elections.[jump]
Gardenhire got 108 votes, including 16 for first place. The BBWAA said he was the only manager named on every writer's ballot.
San Diego's Bud Black took the National League honors.
Under Gardi's leadership, the Twins notched a 94-68 record this year, and won the AL Central title for the sixth time in his nine seasons at the helm. His career record is 803-656 (.550).