Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon, who turned the Rays from a perennial bottom feeder into a World Series participant this year, won the American League Manager of the Year award today.
Maddon was the top choice on 27 of 28 ballots and second on the exception. Minnesota's Ron Gardenhire pulled the other first-place vote and was the overall runner-up.
The Biscuits have a closer tie to the National League winner. Cubs skipper Lou Piniella has a minority stake in the team's ownership. Piniella has twice been the AL's top manager and also played for the Selma Cloverleafs in 1962.