Moli­tor and Lovullo hon­ored

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - BASEBALL -

Paul Moli­tor was named the Amer­i­can League Man­ager of the Year on Tues­day af­ter his Min­nesota Twins be­came the first team to make the play­offs fol­low­ing a 100-loss sea­son.

Torey Lovullo of the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs won the NL award. In his first full sea­son as a big league skip­per, Ari­zona reached the play­offs a year af­ter go­ing 69-93.

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.

Moli­tor drew 18 of 30 first-place votes in vot­ing by mem­bers of the Base­ball Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica. Cleve­land’s Terry Fran­cona was sec­ond and A.J. Hinch of the World Se­ries cham­pion Astros fin­ished third.

Lovullo got 18 first­place votes, too, in earn­ing the NL honor. Dave Roberts of the Dodgers was sec­ond and Colorado’s Bud Black was third.

Hal­la­day me­mo­rial: Two-time Cy Young Award win­ner Roy Hal­la­day was re­mem­bered at a me­mo­rial ser­vice 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” in Clear­wa­ter, Fla., at­tracted more than 1,000 peo­ple to Spec­trum Field, the spring train­ing home of the Phillies, one of two fran­chises for which Hal­la­day played dur­ing his 16-year ca­reer.

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

Hal­la­day died Nov. 7 at age 40 when the pri­vate plane he was pi­lot­ing crashed into the Gulf of Mex­ico off the coast of Florida.

The pub­lic me­mo­rial be­gan with a video tribute and ended with Hal­la­day’s wife, Brandy, and sons, Braden and Ryan, stand­ing on the mound and re­leas­ing but­ter­flies from a con­tainer in a fi­nal good­bye.

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