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Torey Lovullo, Paul Molitor Named Managers of the Year

Torey Lovullo, Paul Molitor Named Managers of the Year

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.

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.

In his first season, Lovullo helped the D-backs improved by 24 games and make the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Arizona finished second in the wildly competitive NL West division at 93-69, behind only eventual pennant-winner Los Angeles.

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell (33) was fourth, followed by former Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (25) and Joe Maddon (3) of the Chicago Cubs.

It was considered a close competition going in, but Lovullo claimed 18 out of 30 first-place votes.

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The Diamondbacks would fall to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first round, but the team did a complete 360 to its win total from the 2016 year. "If you win rookie of the year, the Cy Young or the MVP, it's about the player".

Over on the American League side, Paul Molitor of the Twins was named 2017 AL Manager on the Year. Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona finished second.

Roberts finished second with 5 first place votes, 8 second place votes and 6 third place votes.

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