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Leyland and Girardi honoured
Jim Leyland and Joe Girardi win manager's award.
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2006 22:53 GMT

Joe Girardi: The judges having a different view to his old boss (Picture: Getty/Gallo)

Detorit Tigers manager Jim Leyland and the fired Joe Girardi were named Major League Baseball Managers of the Year in a ceremony in New York.

Leyland was credited with turning the side around after they suffered 12 losing seasons in a row, before the former Pittsburgh coach guided them to the World Series before they ultimately lost to St Louis.

Before their error prone finals, the Tigers had beaten the New York Yankees and Oakland in the playoffs.

Leyland, who won National League Manager of the Year awards with Pittsburgh in 1990 and 1992, has a career record of 1,164-1,198 with Pittsburgh, Florida, Colorado and Detroit.

Giradi's award came despite being fired last month due to his strained relations with club owner Jeffrey Loria.

His stewardship of the Florida Marlins saw a rookie based team go close to play-off berth.

Girardi will serve on the television broadcast team for New York Yankees games next season.
  
The awards were given by a media panel of baseball reporters.

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