Lovullo top NL man­ager

The London Free Press - - SPORTS -

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.

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