Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo wins NL Manager of the Year

Paola Ditto
Novembre 15, 2017

The NL favorites are Arizona's Tory Lovullo, Colorado's Bud Black and Dodgers' Dave Roberts.

Lovullo is only the eighth skipper to capture a Manager of the Year Award in his first full season as a Major League manager - but this is actually the fourth consecutive season with a first-year victor.

A bench coach with the Red Sox for four years before taking the Arizona job, Lovullo is the third Diamondbacks manager to win the award, following Kirk Gibson in 2011 and Bob Melvin in 2007. Also receiving votes were Craig Counsell of the Brewers, Dusty Baker of the Nationals, and Joe Maddon of the Cubs. The American and National League baseball Managers of the Year will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

In his first season as a big-league manager, Lovullo, 52, guided the Diamondbacks to a 93-69 record despite playing an unbalanced schedule in a division that yielded three playoff teams.

The Diamondbacks improved by 24 games over 2016 in Lovullo's first season.

Molitor, who just completed his third season in charge of the Twins, is a member of the Hall of Fame as a player.

Molitor is the second person enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame as a player to later become Manager of the Year, joining Frank Robinson. He's the first Twins manager to win the award since Ron Gardenhire in 2010 and the third in franchise history (Tom Kelly, 1991). Last year, the Twins led the majors with 103 losses. As well, the Diamondbacks this season claimed a spot in the NL Wild Card Game, which they won over Black's Rockies.

Molitor's victory was closer than that of the National League, as he received 18 first-place votes in comparison to the 11 that Cleveland Indianas skipper Terry Francona received.

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