MLB names Paul Molitor and Torey Lovullo Managers of the Year

Nov 14 (The Sports Xchange) - Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor was named the American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday.

Molitor, 61, orchestrated an impressive turnaround in Minnesota that saw the Twins jump from 59-103 and a fifth-place finish in the AL Central in 2016 to 85-77 and second in the division in 2017.

Minnesota became the first team in major league history to make the playoffs after losing 100-plus games the prior season. The Twins lost to the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 3: Members of the New York Yankees are seen on the base path during the singing of the National Anthem prior to the American League Wild Card game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 3: Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees reacts to hitting a three-run home run in the first inning during the American League Wild Card game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees celebrates with Brett Gardner #11 after hitting a three run home run against Ervin Santana #54 of the Minnesota Twins during the first inning in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Didi Gregorius #18 of the New York Yankees hits a three run home run against Ervin Santana #54 of the Minnesota Twins during the first inning in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Byron Buxton #25 of the Minnesota Twins hits the wall as he catches a pop up fly against the New York Yankees during the second inning in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: David Robertson #30 of the New York Yankees reacts after a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Minnesota Twins catches a foul ball against the New York Yankees in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Fans in the outfield cheer as Eddie Rosario #20 of the Minnesota Twins falls to the ground on Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees two run home run against Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Starlin Castro #14 of the New York Yankees reacts after an at bat against the Minnesota Twins in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: Gary Sanchez #24 of the New York Yankees reacts after getting hits a by a pitch by David Robertson #30 against the Minnesota Twins during the sixth inning in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 3: David Robertson #30 of the New York Yankees reacts to Gary Sanchez #24 getting hit by a foul ball during the American League Wild Card game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Oct 3, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) slides into third base as Minnesota Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar (5) cannot get to the throw during the seventh inning in the 2017 American League wildcard playoff baseball game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: The Minnesota Twins dugout looks on against the New York Yankees during the ninth inning in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 3: Tommy Kahnle #48 of the New York Yankees celebrates during the American League Wild Card game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
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Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was named Manager of the Year for the National League.

Lovullo guided Arizona to a 93-69 record and reached the playoffs in 2017 -- the team's first postseason berth since 2011.

Lovullo (111 points) received 18 of the 30 first-place votes to easily outdistance Dave Roberts (55) of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Bud Black (43) of the Colorado Rockies.

 

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