By BEN WALKER
AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kirk Gibson and Joe Maddon won Manager of the Year awards Wednesday -- one for overseeing a worst-to-first turnaround that lasted all season, the other after a frantic playoff push in the final month.
Gibson was a clear choice in the NL for guiding the Arizona Diamondbacks to the West title. A former MVP as a rough-and-tumble outfielder, Gibson was honored in his first full season as a big league manager.
Maddon won the AL award for the second time. He was an easy pick after helping the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a nine-game deficit to beat out Boston for the wild-card spot on the last day. It was the biggest rally any team had made in September to claim a playoff berth.
The results were announced by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The NL Cy Young Award winner will revealed Thursday with Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers the leading candidate.
Gibson and the Diamondbacks went 94-68, a year after he took over ...