Torey Lovullo, Paul Molitor Named Managers of the Year

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Twins manager Paul Molitor and Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo have been voted Manager of the Year in their respective leagues, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Tuesday.

Lovullo, who is the seventh manager to win the award in his first season as a manager, guided the Diamondbacks to a 93-69 season-a 24-win improvement from 2016.

The D-Backs earned a wild-card spot and advanced into the divisional round of the playoffs.

Lovullo (111 points) received 18 of the 30 first-place votes to easily outdistance Dave Roberts (55) of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bud Black (43) of the Colorado Rockies.

How's that for a rookie campaign?

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Lovullo becomes the third Diamondbacks manager to win NL Manager of the Year honors. Kirk Gibson won it in 2011 and Bob Melvin won it in 2007. "Minnesota last had a Manager of the Year in 2010, when Ron Gardenhire won in the Twins" last playoff season; their other Manager of the Year was Tom Kelly in 1991.

Ballots from two writers in each league city prior to postseason play are tabulated on a system that rewards five points for first place, three points for second place and one point for third place. It was the first time a team had lost 100 games and then reached the playoffs in the very next season.

Molitor can now add a new type of trophy to his resume after his Hall of Fame career as a player. The Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona, the 2016 victor, was the runner-up with 11 first-place votes.

Molitor, 61, just finished his third year at the helm of the Twins.

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. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch was the only other AL manager to receive a first-place vote.

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