Moli­tor, Lovullo named top man­agers

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Paul Moli­tor and Torey Lovullo both presided over turn­around sea­sons, guided their teams into the play­offs and won Man­ager of the Year awards by wide mar­gins.

The paths they took, those were to­tally dif­fer­ent.

Moli­tor needed a club­house talk to calm down the Min­nesota Twins, his play­ers an­gered by moves the front of­fice at the July 31 trade dead­line.

No such dis­trac­tions in the desert.

In his first full sea­son as a skip­per, Lovullo built a cul­ture of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs. He of­ten re­ferred to the “love” team­mates had for each other — and Lovullo cer­tainly loved the mid­sea­son deal that brought big-hit­ting J.D. Martinez to the D-backs.

Moli­tor won the Amer­i­can League Man­ager of the Year award af­ter the Twins be­came the first team to make the play­offs fol­low­ing a 100-loss sea­son.

Moli­tor drew 18 of the 30 first-place votes in bal­lot­ing by mem­bers of the Baseball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica.

Cleve­land’s Terry Fran­cona was sec­ond and A.J. Hinch of the World Se­ries cham­pion Hous­ton Astros fin­ished third. Vot­ing was com­pleted be­fore the start of the play­offs.

Lovullo got 18 first-place votes, too, in earn­ing the Na­tional League prize. Dave Roberts of the Los An­ge­les Dodgers was sec­ond and Colorado’s Bud Black was third.

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