Sport MLB awards 2017: Paul Molitor, Torey Lovullo take Manager of the Year honors

04:07  15 november  2017
04:07  15 november  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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The Baseball Writers' Association of America announced the Manager of the Year Awards and voting results Tuesday.

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

a man holding a baseball bat: Paul Molitor, Torey Lovullo© (Getty Images) Paul Molitor, Torey Lovullo 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.

The Twins (85-77) had improvement of 26 games from last season and made the postseason for the first time in seven years.

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"It's humbling," Molitor told MLB Network. "An award like this reflects the work of the organization and everyone who contributed to the Twins having a turnaround season."

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Filed Under: Paul Molitor , Torey Lovullo . — MLB (@ MLB ) November 14, 2017 . 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, who was elected to the Hall of Fame as a player in 2004, is the second Hall of Famer to be named Manager of the Year. He beat the Indians' Terry Francona by 22 points. A.J. Hinch of the Astros was third with 56.

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.

In his first season, Lovullo helped the D-backs improved by 24 games and make the playoffs for the first time since 2011. After a franchise-worst 5.09 ERA last season, the pitching staff turned out a franchise-best 3.67 mark in 2017. Lovullo was bold on the basepaths as Arizona ranked second in taking the extra base while making the fewest outs on the bases.

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Over on the National League side, Torey Lovullo of the Diamondbacks was named 2017 NL Manager of the Year . This season, Molitor guided the Twins to an 85-77 record and a spot in the AL Wild Card Game.

2017 baseball awards . Manager of the year . Torey Lovullo Arizona Diamondbacks Raise your hands if you expected the Arizona Diamondbacks to be a playoff team at the start of the year .

Lovullo, who became the third Arizona manager to win the Manager of Year Award, collected 18 first-place votes, beating out Dodgers manager Dave Roberts by 56 points and the Rockies' Bud Black by 68.

Cy Young Award winners will be announced Wednesday, followed by the MVP on Thursday.

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