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15 November 2017, 02:44 | Charlene Valdez
Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks won the Manager of the Year award in his first season on the job. More
Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks has won the NL Manager of the Year award after his first full season as a big league skipper.
Roberts, who led the Dodgers to the majors' best record (104-58) this season, received five first-place votes and was runner-up, while Colorado's Bud Black received three first-place votes and finished third. Roberts was one of five managers to receive first-place votes this year - Lovullo (18 first-place votes), Roberts (five), Black (three), Milwaukee's Craig Counsell (three) and Washington's Dusty Baker (one).
In his first year at the helm, Lovullo led Arizona to a 93-69 record, a 24-win improvement over 2016. "If you win rookie of the year, the Cy Young or the MVP, it's about the player". Baker, who also received six second-place votes and two thirds, was dismissed by the Nationals a little more than a week after they were eliminated in the National League Division Series.
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. Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers finished fourth and Dusty Baker, who was sacked by the Washington Nationals, finished fifth. The Twins entered the season with paltry expectations and were sellers at the trade deadline, yet played well down the stretch to earn the AL's second Wild Card spot.
Molitor, who just completed his third season in charge of the Twins, is a member of the Hall of Fame as a player.
Francona, who won the award previous year, led the Indians to an AL-best 102-62 record and an American League record 22 wins in a row.