Molitor, Lovullo earn Managers of the Year honors
Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins and Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks were voted Managers of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday.
Molitor won the American League award after the Twins became the first team to make the playoffs following a 100loss season.
He 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.
Lovullo won the NL award in his first full season as a big league skipper as Arizona reached the playoffs a year after going 69-93.
Cleveland’s Terry Francona was second and Houston’s A.J. Hinch finished third in AL voting. In the NL, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts was second and Colorado’s Bud Black was third.