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CC.com MLB Awards: 2006 Managers of the Year

We received 13 ballots for the AL and 12 for the NL.

Speaking of managers, Bruce Bochy has agreed to become the new skipper of the Giants, which leaves the two-time defending NL West champs without a manager.

On with the awards!

2005 Winner: Ozzie Guillen, Chicago

Not a surprise at all, as Leyland's Tigers improved by 24 games in his first season at the helm in Detroit, making the playoffs for the first time since 1987 and leading the AL Central for the vast majority of the year. Leyland took 10 of 13 first-place votes, and finished second on the three other ballots. Ron Gardenhire of the AL Central champion Twins finished second, with three first-place votes, 12 points behind Leyland. Oakland's Ken Macha, New York's Joe Torre, and Toronto's John Gibbons also received votes.

2005 Winner: Bobby Cox, Atlanta

Joe Girardi, in his first and only season as the manager of the Marlins, took a team that was loaded with rookies and kept them competitive all season, finishing 78-84 in the NL East. Girardi received 11 of 12 first-place votes, with distant runner-up Willie Randolph of the Mets taking the only anti-Girardi ballot of the vote. Phil Garner of the Astros, Grady Little of Los Angeles, San Diego's Bruce Bochy and Philadelphia's Charlie Manuel received multiple votes as well.

Full voting results are under the Read More link.

AMERICAN LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
                        1   2   3   TOTAL
J Leyland, DET         10   3   -      36
R Gardenhire, MIN       3   6   3      24
K Macha, OAK            -   2   8      12
J Torre, NYY            -   2   1       5
J Gibbons, TOR          -   -   1       1

NATIONAL LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR
                        1   2   3   TOTAL
J Girardi, FLA         11   -   -      33
W Randolph, NYM         1   5   2      15
P Garner, HOU           -   3   1       7
G Little, LAD           -   2   2       6
B Bochy, SDP            -   2   1       5
C Manuel, PHI           -   -   3       3
T LaRussa, STL          -   -   1       1
J Narron, CIN           -   -   1       1
F Robinson, WAS         -   -   1       1