Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo, Twins' Paul Molitor win manager of the year awards

Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo, Twins' Paul Molitor win manager of the year awards

Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins were the runaway winners in the National League and American League, respectively, after guiding both franchises to the 2017 postseason one year after they had lost a combined 196 games.

Ballots from two writers in each league city prior to postseason play are tabulated on a system that rewards five points for first place, three points for second place and one point for third place.

In his first year at the helm, Lovullo led Arizona to a 93-69 record, a 24-win improvement over 2016.

Molitor's victory was closer than that of the National League, as he received 18 first-place votes in comparison to the 11 that Cleveland Indianas skipper Terry Francona received.

Lovullo finished in first place with more than double the points of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who finished in second. There was no sure-thing like when Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger won the Rookie of the Year awards. As well, the Diamondbacks this season claimed a spot in the NL Wild Card Game, which they won over Black's Rockies.


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. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts finished second.

Roberts finished second with 5 first place votes, 8 second place votes and 6 third place votes.

Molitor, who just completed his third season in charge of the Twins, is a member of the Hall of Fame as a player.

Molitor, 61, already put his name in the record books this year because his Twins team was the first to ever go from a 100-loss season to the playoffs the next season.

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