Friday, 17 November, 2017

MLB Awards: Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo named 2017 NL Manager of the Year

Dave Roberts Finishes Second for National League Manager of the Year Christian Petersen Getty Images
Rita Gibson | 15 November, 2017, 02:45

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo won the award for the first time, receiving 18 first place votes.

The advanced analytics movement that has swept over baseball, refining and altering perceptions of what makes hitters and pitches great, has nonetheless done little to aid in evaluating what makes a manager effective on an annual basis.

Major League Baseball has named Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo the National League Manager of the Year for 2017.

Lovullo beat out two other NL West managers for the award: the Dodgers' Dave Roberts and the Rockies' Bud Black.

Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins won the award in the American League.

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Maxwell excelled in Seattle's defensive system, which helped him get the lucrative contract from the Eagles in the 2015 offseason. But Maxwell lasted only one season in Philadelphia, shipped off to Miami along with Kiko Alonso in what amounted to salary dumps.

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.

Lovullo guided Arizona to a 93-69 record and reached the playoffs in 2017 - the team's first postseason berth since 2011. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts finished second.

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. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch received the only other first-place vote and finished third.

Molitor wins the honor in his third year with the organization, having come off a 59-win season in 2016. The prize was announced Tuesday on MLB Network. "If you win rookie of the year, the Cy Young or the MVP, it's about the player".

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

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