Twins’ Moli­tor, D-Backs’ Lovullo win Man­ager of Year awards

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ben Walker

Paul Moli­tor has won the Amer­i­can League Man­ager of the Year award af­ter his Min­nesota Twins be­came the first team to make the play­offs fol­low­ing a 100loss 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 a year af­ter go­ing 69-93.

Moli­tor 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 wild­card game. Last year, the Twins led the ma­jors with 103 losses.

The 61-year-old Moli­tor was born and raised in St. Paul, Min­nesota, and got the last of his 3,319 ca­reer hits with the Twins in 1998.

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

CAR­LOS OSO­RIO — THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE

In this file photo, Min­nesota Twins man­ager Paul Moli­tor watches from the dugout dur­ing the first in­ning of the team’s base­ball game against the Min­nesota Twins in Detroit. Moli­tor has 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.

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