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Managers of the Year: Rangers' Banister wins AL, Cubs' Maddon wins NL

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Manager Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs bats looks on during the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images), PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 21: Manager Jeff Banister #28 of the Texas Rangers watches from the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 21, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 07: Manager Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs bats looks on during the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 7, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images), PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 21: Manager Jeff Banister #28 of the Texas Rangers watches from the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on April 21, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Joe Maddon (left) took home his third Manager of the Year award, Jeff Banister his first.

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NEW YORK -- Joe Maddon has won his third Manager of the Year award, earning his first in the NL after guiding the Chicago Cubs to their first postseason berth since 2008.

Maddon got nine first-place votes for 124 points from the Baseball Writers' Association of America in balloting announced Tuesday.

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Maddon becomes the seventh manager to win the award three times and the seventh to earn it in both leagues. He won the AL award with Tampa Bay in 2008 and `11.

With NL Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant anchoring a youthful lineup, Maddon's Cubs won 97 games, good for third-best record in the majors this year -- and third place in the Central. Chicago beat Pittsburgh in the wild-card game before losing to the New York Mets in the NL Championship Series.

Texas' Jeff Banister was given the AL honor, the fifth first-year big league manager to win the award.