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Ron Roenicke of the NL Central champion Brewers was second with three first-place votes and 92 points. Tony La Russa of the World Series champion Cardinals was third with the other first-place vote and 24 points. Voting was completed before the start of the playoffs.
Maddon added to the AL honor he won in 2008. The 57-year-old manager who likes to speak on a vast array of subjects -- he mentioned Mozart, his iPad and a puppy on his conference call -- never panicked during a trying year.
The Rays cut $30 million in payroll during the winter, losing the likes of Carl Crawford, Matt Garza and Carlos Pena. The Rays' big addition, slugger Manny Ramirez, retired during the first week instead of facing a 100-game suspension for a second positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.
The Rays overcame an 0-6 start and injuries to star Evan Longoria and others, relying on a pitching staff anchored by All-Stars James Shields and David Price and recently picked AL Rookie of the Year Jeremy Hellickson.
Tampa Bay won its final five games, rallying from a 7-0 deficit against the Yankees on the last day to finish 91-71 and earn a playoff spot. The Rays lost to Texas in the first round.
"My goal has been to make the Rays into the next century's Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals," he said.
Maddon drew 26 of 28 first-place votes and had 133 points. Jim Leyland of the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers got the other pair of first-place votes and 54 points and Ron Washington of the AL champion Rangers was third with 31.
Gibson was a two-time World Series champion, winning with Detroit and the Dodgers. He was the fourth former MVP to win the manager award, joining Joe Torre, Frank Robinson and Don Baylor.
Gibson hit two especially memorable home runs during his 17-year career. He connected for the shot that clinched the 1984 crown for the Tigers in Game 5 against San Diego, and launched a bottom-of-the-ninth, pinch-hit homer off Dennis Eckersley to lift the Dodgers over Oakland in the 1988 opener, hobbling around the bases and pumping his arm.
As a player, Gibson acknowledged he sometimes was "a little emotional ... a little stupid."
"As a manager, you can't lose your composure," he said.
Gibson and Bob Melvin (2007) have won the manager award with Arizona. Gibson received a three-year contract extension after the season, with options for two more years.
"I still want to win a World Series as a manager," he said.
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