Molitor, Lovullo honored
Paul Molitor won the American League Manager of the Year award after his Minnesota Twins became the first team to make the playoffs following a 100-loss season.
Molitor won the honor Tuesday in voting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks won the National League award. In Lovullo’s first full season as a big-league skipper, Arizona reached the playoffs a year after going 69-93.
Molitor 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 went 85-77 this season and earned their first playoff spot since 2010 before losing to the Yankees in the AL wild-card game. Last year, the Twins led the majors with 103 losses.
Red Sox great Doerr dies: Bobby Doerr, the Hall of Fame second baseman dubbed the “Silent Captain” of the Boston Red Sox by longtime teammate and friend Ted Williams, died at the age of 99.
Doerr died Monday in Junction City, Ore., the Red Sox said.
Doerr had been the oldest living major-league player.
Signed out of the old Pacific Coast League on the same scouting trip that brought Williams to Fenway Park, Doerr played 14 seasons with the Red Sox and joined his fishing buddy in the Hall of Fame in 1986. He had a .288 lifetime average and helped the Red Sox to the 1946 World Series.