Lovullo top NL manager
Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks won the National League manager of the year award after his first full season as a big league skipper. Lovullo won the honour in voting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The 52-year-old Lovullo guided the Diamondbacks to a 93-69 record and their first playoff spot since 2011, a year after they went 69-93. 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. They beat Colorado in the NL wild-card game before getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series. Dave Roberts of the Dodgers was second and Colorado’s Bud Black was third.