Diamondbacks' Lovullo chosen as NL's top skipper

Cheryl Sanders
November 15, 2017

The BBWAA announced Tuesday that Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was named National League Manager of the Year.

In his first year at the helm, Lovullo led Arizona to a 93-69 record, a 24-win improvement over 2016. In the BBWAA balloting, Lovullo prevailed over his fellow award finalists and fellow NL West managers, Dave Roberts of the Dodgers and Bud Black of the Rockies.

How's that for a rookie campaign? For the D-backs, Kirk Gibson was named NL Manager of the Year in 2011 - their last playoff appearance before Lovullo brought them back - and Bob Melvin won the award in "07". In the American League, it was Paul Molitor, who guided the Minnesota Twins to a postseason spot after losing 103 games in 2016. Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers finished fourth and Dusty Baker, who was sacked by the Washington Nationals, finished fifth. Houston Astros skipper A.J. Hinch finished third. The Yankees Joe Girardi finished fourth with 12 points.

Molitor earned 18 of 30 first-place votes. The Twins used a staggering 36 different pitchers in 2017 and traded away closer Brandon Kintzler and starter Jaime Garcia at the trade deadline, after arriving at the end of July three games under.500.

Francona, who won the award a year ago, led the Indians to an AL-best 102-62 record and an American League record 22 wins in a row.

"It's humbling", Molitor told MLB Network.

A Hall of Fame player during a 21-year career with Milwaukee, Toronto and Minnesota, Molitor became just the second Cooperstown inductee to win manager of the year honors, joining Frank Robinson, who won AL honors as the Baltimore Orioles' manager in 1989.

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