Lovullo wins NL honor as rookie man­ager

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Torey Lovullo of the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs won the NL Man­ager of the Year award last night af­ter his first full sea­son as a big league skip­per. The 52-yearold Lovullo guided the Di­a­mond­backs to a 93-69 record and their first play­off spot since 2011, a year af­ter they were 69-93. Lovullo was the bench coach when he ran the Red Sox for 48 games in 2015 while man­ager John Far­rell un­der­went can­cer treat­ment. The Red Sox re­tained him as bench coach in 2016 then saw Lovullo leave to man­age the Di­a­mond­backs. Far­rell was let go im­me­di­ately af­ter the 2017 cam­paign ended.

Dave Roberts of the Los An­ge­les Dodgers was sec­ond to Lovullo in vot­ing by mem­bers of the Baseball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica. Colorado’s Bud Black was third. Vot­ing was com­pleted be­fore the play­offs be­gan.

In the Amer­i­can League, Paul Moli­tor won the man­agers award af­ter his Min­nesota Twins be­came the first team to make the play­offs fol­low­ing a 100loss sea­son (103 in 2016). Moli­tor, 61, joined Frank Robin­son as the only Hall of Fame play­ers to win a man­ager of the year award, which was first pre­sented in 1983.

The Twins were 85-77 this sea­son and earned their first play­off spot since 2010.

The Cleve­land In­di­ans’ Terry Fran­cona was sec­ond and A.J. Hinch of the World Se­ries cham­pion Hous­ton Astros fin­ished third.

Halladay me­mo­rial

Roy Halladay was re­mem­bered in Clear­wa­ter, Fla., as an amaz­ing husband, fa­ther, friend and team­mate who was one of the best pitch­ers of his gen­er­a­tion, but an even bet­ter man. A 91-minute “Cel­e­bra­tion of Life for Roy Halladay” at­tracted more than 1,000 peo­ple to Spec­trum Field, the spring train­ing home of the Philadel­phia Phillies, one of two fran­chises the two-time Cy Young Award win­ner pitched for dur­ing a stel­lar 16-year ca­reer.

“The man made the ballplayer,” Phillies owner John Mid­dle­ton said, “not the other way around.”

Halladay, who broke into the ma­jors with the Toronto Blue Jays, died Nov. 7 at age 40 when the pri­vate plane he was pi­lot­ing crashed off Florida.

‘Jun­gle Jim’ dead

Manuel “Jun­gle Jim” Rivera, an out­fielder on the 1959 “Go-Go” White Sox pen­nant-win­ning team in Chicago, died Mon­day at 96 in Fort Wayne, Ind. The AL leader in triples in 1953 and steals two years later, he played for the White Sox from 1952-61 . . . .

The bat New York Yan­kees leg­end Lou Gehrig used to hit his last two home runs, in an ex­hi­bi­tion game in 1939, is be­ing auc­tioned off again. The bat is part of a Yan­kees Le­gends on­line of­fer­ing by Her­itage Auc­tions.

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