Twins’ Moli­tor, D-Backs’ Lovullo win Man­ager of Year awards

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

Paul Moli­tor and Torey Lovullo both presided over turn­around sea­sons, guided their teams into the play­offs and won Man­ager of the Year awards by wide mar­gins.

The paths they took , those we re to­tally dif­fer­ent.

Moli­tor needed a club­house talk to calm down the Min­nesota Twins, his play­ers an­gered by moves the front of­fice made at the July 31 trade dead­line.

“I still be­lieved,” Moli­tor said Tues­day, re­call­ing how he helped his team over­come “that speed bump.”

No such dis­trac­tions in the desert.

In his first full sea­son as a skip­per, Lovullo built a cul­ture of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs. He of­ten re­ferred to the “love” team­mates had for each other — and Lovullo cer­tainly loved the mid­sea­son deal that brought big- hit­ting J. D. Martinez to the D-backs.

“We are go­ing to be one year bet­ter,” he said, adding his club would be even “more united” in 2018.

Moli­tor won the Amer­i­can League Man­ager of the Year award af­ter the Twins be­came the first team to make the play­offs fol­low­ing a 100-loss sea­son.

Moli­tor drew 18 of the 30 first-place votes in bal­lot­ing by mem­bers of the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica.

Cleve­land’s Terry Fran­cona was sec­ond and A.J. Hinch of the World Se­ries cham­pion Hous­ton Astros fin­ished third. Vot­ing was com­pleted be­fore the start of the play­offs.

Moli­tor

Lovullo

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