1. Lovullo, Molitor top managers
Twins skipper is 2nd Hall of Famer to win award.
Torey Lovullo (left) of the Arizona Diamondbacks won the NL Manager of the Year award after his first full season as a big league skipper. Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins is the AL Manager of the Year.
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 NL award. In his first full season as a big league skipper, Arizona reached the playoffs at 93-69 a year after going 69-93.
Molitor, 61, 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.
Cleveland’s Terry Francona was second and Houston’s A.J. Hinch finished third.
Voting was completed before the start of the playoffs.
Lovullo, 52, was Boston’s bench coach when he ran the Red Sox for 48 games in 2015 while manager John Farrell underwent cancer treatment.
Dave Roberts of the Dodgers was second and Colorado’s Bud Black was third.
Obits: 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 Monday in Junction City, Ore. At 99, he was 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. The nine-time All-Star had a .288 lifetime average and helped the Red Sox to the 1946 World Series.
Doerr finished with 2,042 hits, 223 home runs and 1,247 RBIs and he once went 414 games without an error — a record at the time.
■ “Jungle Jim” Rivera, an outfielder on the pennant-winning 1959 “Go-Go” White Sox team, died Monday night in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was 96. Rivera batted .256 in a career that included short stints with the St. Louis Browns and Kansas City Athletics.
GM meetings: MLB is intent on shortening games next season. The average time of a nine-inning game was a record 3 hours, 5 minutes this season, up from 2:56 in 2015. The postseason average was 3:29.
Many owners and general managers want to cut down trips to the mound by catchers.
MLB proposed three changes last offseason that the players’ union didn’t accept, and management can start them next year without player approval: restricting catchers to one trip to the mound per pitcher each inning; employing a 20-second pitch clock; and raising the bottom of the strike zone from just beneath the kneecap to its pre-1996 level — at the top of the kneecap.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred prefers to reach an agreement with the union.
Brandy Halladay, widow of pitcher Roy Halladay, wipes her eyes while eulogizing her husband at Tuesday’s Celebration of Life at Spectrum Field in Clearwater, Fla. Several former teammates spoke of Halladay, who died last week in a plane crash.
Paul Molitor (left) guided Twins to postseason after 100 losses. Torey Lovullo took Arizona to playoffs.