Torey Lovullo, Paul Molitor Named Managers of the Year

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FILE - These are 2017 file photos showing Torey Lovullo, left, Bud Black, center and Dave Roberts.

The Managers of the Year for the 2017 baseball season were announced on Tuesday, with Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins winning the honors.

Lovullo is the third manager in Diamondbacks history to win Manager of the Year, joining Kirk Gibson in 2011 and Bob Melvin in 2007, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell (33) was fourth, followed by former Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (25) and Joe Maddon (3) of the Chicago Cubs.


The Minnesota Twins' Paul Molitor (18 first-place votes) was the American League victor.

In his first season as a big-league manager, Lovullo, 52, guided the Diamondbacks to a 93-69 record despite playing an unbalanced schedule in a division that yielded three playoff teams. It was the first time a team had lost 100 games and then reached the playoffs in the very next season.

Powered by Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and midseason acquisition J.D. Martinez, and led by pitchers Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray, the Diamondbacks made the playoffs this year.

Molitor can now add a new type of trophy to his resume after his Hall of Fame career as a player.


Lovullo won the honor in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona, the 2016 victor, was the runner-up with 11 first-place votes. Molitor and Frank Robinson are the only Hall of Fame players to win Manager of the Year Awards.

The Twins went 85-77 this season and earned their first playoff spot since 2010 before losing to the Yankees in the AL wild-card game.

Cleveland's Terry Francona was second and Houston's A.J. Hinch finished third.


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