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Lovullo, Molitor named Managers of the Year

Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins are the 2017 Managers of the Year.

Lovullo, in his first season with Arizona, managed the team to a 93-69 record — 24 more wins than last season, the second-largest win increase from 2016 among all teams — and into the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Lovullo is the third manager in Diamondbacks history to win Manager of the Year, joining Bob Melvin in 2007 and Kirk Gibson in ’11.

Lovullo was the Boston Red Sox bench coach for four years before he was hired by the Diamondbacks.

Lovullo received 18 first-place votes and finished with 111 points total.

Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers (55 points) and Bud Black of the Colorado Rockies (43) finished second and third, respectively.

“It speaks for itself, when you get separated from the field like I did,” Lovullo said on MLB Network. “There’s a lot of great candidates.”

Molitor managed the Twins to an 85-77 record. The team won 26 more games this year than last, the biggest increase in the major leagues.

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

The voting was much closer in the AL.

Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians (11 first-place votes, 90 points) and A.J. Hinch of the World Series champion Houston Astros (1, 56) were second and third, respectively.

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