Moli­tor, Lovullo top man­agers

San Francisco Chronicle - - BASEBALL - AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.”

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