Torey Lovullo, Paul Molitor Named Managers of the Year

Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks won the Manager of the Year award in his first season on the job

Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks won the Manager of the Year award in his first season on the job

On Tuesday, Diamondbacks skipper Torey Lovullo was named National League Manager of the Year for 2017. Arizona's skipper earned 18 first-place votes, while Roberts got five, with Bud Black of the Colorado Rockies and Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers each garnering three.

A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Lovullo was an All-American for the Bruins in 1987 and became the first Pac-10 player to repeat as the conference's player of the year. He joins Bob Melvin (2007) and Kirk Gibson (2011) as the only Arizona managers to win the award. It was considered a close competition going in, but Lovullo claimed 18 out of 30 first-place votes. After losing 103 games in 2016, Molitor helped orchestrate a quick turnaround as the Twins went 85-77 in 2017, good for the second AL Wild Card.

Frank Robinson, who was named AL manager of the year in 1989, is the only other Hall of Fame player to win the award. 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. He beat the Indians' Terry Francona by 22 points. Third-place finisher A.J. Hinch of the Astros had one first-place vote, 13 second-place votes, and 12 third-place votes. New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi finished in fourth place in his final season with the ballclub.

Lovullo won the honor in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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