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

Diamondbacks Torey Lovullo wins NL Manager of Year

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. In his first full season as a big league skipper, Arizona reached the playoffs a year after going 69-93. As well, the Diamondbacks this season claimed a spot in the NL Wild Card Game, which they won over Black's Rockies.

How's that for a rookie campaign?

Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks won the NL award. Kirk Gibson won it in 2011 and Bob Melvin won it in 2007.

Over on the American League side, Paul Molitor of the Twins was named 2017 AL Manager on the Year. Dave Roberts, a runner-up this year, was Manager of the Year as a first-time manager for the Dodgers in 2016, as was Jeff Banister for the Rangers in '15 and Matt Williams for the Nationals in '14. The Twins lost in the one-game Wild Card playoff by the Yankees.

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The Diamondbacks improved by 24 games over 2016 in Lovullo's first season. He's the first Twins manager to win the award since Ron Gardenhire in 2010 and the third in franchise history (Tom Kelly, 1991).

Molitor is the second person enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame as a player to later become Manager of the Year, joining Frank Robinson.

Francona, who won the award a year ago, led the Indians to an AL-best 102-62 record and an American League record 22 wins in a row.

Molitor received 18 first-place votes, six second-place votes, and four third-place votes. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch received the only other first-place vote and finished third. New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi finished in fourth place in his final season with the ballclub.

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