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

Torey Lovullo and Paul Molitor won the 2017 Manager of the Year awards. More

The Los Angeles Dodgers sophomore manager, Dave Roberts, finished second for the National League Manager of the Year Award as announced by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday. The Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona, the 2016 victor, was the runner-up with 11 first-place votes.

Lovullo is the third manager in Diamondbacks history to win Manager of the Year, joining Kirk Gibson in 2011 and Bob Melvin in 2007, according to ESPN Stats & Information. In the BBWAA balloting, Lovullo prevailed over his fellow award finalists and fellow NL West managers, Dave Roberts of the Dodgers and Bud Black of the Rockies.

Lovullo wins the honor in his first season at the helm for Arizona, leading the team to a 93-69 record and berth in the National League Wild Card Game.

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 Diamondbacks finished in the first NL Wild Card spot and beat the Rockies in a one-game playoff before being swept by the Dodgers in the Division Series.

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Powered by Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and midseason acquisition J.D. Martinez, and led by pitchers Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray, the Diamondbacks made the playoffs this year.

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.

Roberts finished second with 5 first place votes, 8 second place votes and 6 third place votes. Voting was completed before the start of the playoffs.

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