Twins’ Molitor, Diamondbacks’ Lovullo win manager of the year awards
Paul Molitor was named 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 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 wild-card 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.
The 52-year-old Lovullo guided the Diamondbacks to a 93-69 record and their first playoff spot since 2011, a year after they went 69-93. Lovullo 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. Former Nationals manager Dusty Baker received a first-place vote.