Maddon, Piniella win manager of year awards
NEW YORK -- Joe Maddon had a good reason for interrupting his honeymoon.
About an hour after he landed in Rome, the newly married Maddon easily won the American League Manager of the Year award Wednesday for guiding Tampa Bay from baseball's basement to the World Series in one astonishing season.
Lou Piniella took the NL honor after leading the Chicago Cubs to the league's best record.
Maddon, who succeeded Piniella as Tampa Bay manager in 2006, was a runaway winner in balloting ...
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2008 AWARD WINNERS/SCHEDULE
• Story: Maddux wins for record 18th time
• Neyer: Voters erred on McLouth
|C||Yadier Molina, St. Louis (1st)|
|1B||Adrian Gonzalez, San Diego (1st)|
|2B||Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati (1st)|
|SS||Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia (2nd)|
|3B||David Wright, NY Mets (2nd)|
|OF||Carlos Beltran, NY Mets (3rd)|
|OF||Nate McLouth, Pittsburgh (1st)|
|OF||Shane Victorino, Philadelphia (1st)|
|P||Greg Maddux, SD/LA (18th)|
• Story: Pena among five first-time winners
• Neyer: Young's another bad choice
|C||Joe Mauer, Minnesota (1st)|
|1B||Carlos Pena, Tampa Bay (1st)|
|2B||Dustin Pedroia, Boston (1st)|
|SS||Michael Young, Texas (1st)|
|3B||Adrian Beltre, Seattle (1st)|
|OF||Torii Hunter, LA Angels (8th)|
|OF||Grady Sizemore, Cleveland (2nd)|
|OF||Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle (8th)|
|P||Mike Mussina, NY Yankees (7th)|
• Story: Longoria, Soto win ROY awards
|AL||Evan Longoria, 3B, Tampa Bay|
|NL||Geovany Soto, C, Chicago|
• Story: Lincecum just second Giant to win award
• Neyer: Lincecum's rare Giant feat
|• Story: Maddon, Piniella named managers of year|
|AL||Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay|
|NL||Lou Piniella, Chicago|
• Story: Lee second straight Indian to win
• Neyer: Lee, Halladay were equally good
• Story: Pujols wins second NL MVP award
• Neyer: Voters need to cast wider net
• Stark: Three Strikes (NL MVP edition)
• Gammons: Why few votes for Hanley?
• Fantasy: Pujols No. 1 pick in '09?
• Story: Pedroia wins AL MVP award
• Neyer: Mauer was better choice
• Fantasy: Where does Pedroia go in '09?