Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo, Twins' Paul Molitor win manager of the year awards

Diamondbacks Torey Lovullo wins NL Manager of Year

The Managers of the Year for the 2017 baseball season were announced on Tuesday, with Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins winning the honors.

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.

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. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts finished second.

A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Lovullo was an All-American for the Bruins in 1987 and became the first Pac-10 player to repeat as the conference's player of the year.

Over on the American League side, Paul Molitor of the Twins was named 2017 AL Manager on the Year. There was no sure-thing like when Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger won the Rookie of the Year awards. The D-backs finished second in the NL West, but made the postseason as a wild-card team.

The Minnesota Twins' Paul Molitor (18 first-place votes) was the American League victor.

Among the other managers who received first-place votes was Dusty Baker of the Washington Nationals, who received one and finished fifth in the voting. Nobody expected a postseason berth for the Twins - perhaps not even their front office, because they were sellers at the trade deadline.

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

Hinch navigated the Astros to a 101-61 record and their first-ever World Series title in his third season at the helm.

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