Molitor, Lovullo bring home top man­ager awards

The Mercury News - - Sports -

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.

“I still be­lieved,” Molitor said Tues­day, re­call­ing how he helped his team over­come “that speed bump.”

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.

“We are go­ing to be one year bet­ter,” he said, ad­ding his club would be even “more united” in 2018.

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 for­mer Stan­ford star 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.

Roberts, Black, Mil­wau­kee’s Craig Coun­sell and Dusty Baker, since let go by Wash­ing­ton, also had first­place votes.

A’S CATCHER ENTERS PLEA >> A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell pleaded not guilty in Ari­zona to charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault with a deadly weapon and dis­or­derly con­duct af­ter be­ing ac­cused of pulling a gun on a food de­liv­ery woman last month.

Maxwell en­tered his plea in Mari­copa County Su­pe­rior Court in Phoenix, where he’s sched­uled for an ini­tial pre­trial con­fer­ence on Dec. 28. If a plea agree­ment isn’t reached then or be­fore his com­pre­hen­sive pre­trial on Jan. 29, a trial date will then be set.

Maxwell was ar­rested al­most three weeks ago when a Post­mate’s de­liv­ery driver told po­lice he pointed a gun at her when she made her de­liv­ery. Maxwell has de­nied point­ing his gun at her. Ac­cord­ing to court records, ar­rest­ing of­fi­cers said Maxwell ex­hib­ited signs of in­tox­i­ca­tion and made anti-po­lice state­ments to them while be­ing taken into cus­tody.

HALL OF FAMER DO­ERR DIES AT 99 >> Bobby Do­err, the Hall of Fame se­cond base­man dubbed the “Silent Cap­tain” of the Bos­ton Red Sox by long­time team­mate and friend Ted Wil­liams, has died. He was 99. Do­err died on Mon­day in Junc­tion City, Ore­gon, the Red Sox said in a state­ment. The Red Sox said Do­err had been the old­est liv­ing ma­jor league player.

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