Molitor, Lovullo top managers
Paul Molitor was named 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 NL award. In his 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.
Ouster stunned Girardi:
Joe Girardi expected to be back for an 11th season as Yankees manager.
“I was a little shocked,” he said of his dismissal Tuesday after attending a meeting of MLB’s competition committee.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced his decision Oct. 26, and explained last week he made the move because of “ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel.”
Girardi said he wasn’t disappointed about the statements.
“I’m one that (is) pretty aware of what happens and what goes on inside a clubhouse ... so I don’t ever worry about that,” he said. “You know, it’s life. You understand that you have to move on. I invested a lot of time in there and have a lot of great memories there. But this is part of life. When you take a job as a manager, you know that this is a possibility, and you have to deal with this.”