1. Lovullo, Molitor top managers

Twins skip­per is 2nd Hall of Famer to win award.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - SPORTS -

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.

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