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11/17/10 3:08 PM EST

Gaston recognized in Manager of Year balloting

Blue Jays skipper receives one first-place vote for final season

TORONTO -- Former Toronto Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston finished fifth in voting for the 2010 American League Manager of the Year Award on Wednesday afternoon.

Gaston, who retired at the end of the season to become an adviser with the club, received one first-place vote from the Baseball Writers' Association of America for a total of five points.

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire finished first, winning the award for the first time in his career. He was ranked in the top spot on 16 of the 28 ballots cast by two BBWAA writers from each AL city.

Gardenhire also received eight second-place votes and four third-place votes for a total of 108 points based on a 5-3-1 points system. He was the only manager to be named on every ballot.

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington finished second in voting with 10 first-place votes and 81 total points. Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon finished third (44 points) and was followed by Boston's Terry Francona (13 points).

Gaston's final year in the dugout turned out to be a success. Many critics expected the rebuilding Blue Jays to be among the worst teams in the AL, but they far exceeded those expectations. Toronto finished with an impressive 85-77 record, but it was not enough to climb into playoff contention in the notoriously tough AL East.

Results of the American League Manager of the Year voting, revealed on Wednesday. Points are tabulated on a 5-3-1 basis.
Ron Gardenhire, Twins 16 8 4 108
Ron Washington, Rangers 10 8 7 81
Joe Maddon, Rays 1 10 9 44
Terry Francona, Red Sox - 2 7 13
Cito Gaston, Blue Jays 1 - - 5
Joe Girardi, Yankees - - - 1

Over the years, Gaston became synonymous with Blue Jays baseball. His first stint as manager was from 1989-97, during which time he led Toronto to two World Series championships in 1992-93.

Following an 11-year absence from managing, Gaston returned to the Blue Jays in 2008. He stayed on for the next two-plus seasons before retiring from his on-field duties. Gaston finished his career with a 894-837 regular-season record as manager.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.