Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo wins NL Manager of the Year

Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo wins NL Manager of the Year

They beat Colorado in the NL wild-card game before getting swept by the Dodgers in the Division Series.

Ultimately the awards went to two men who managed big turnarounds in their clubhouses: In the National League, it was Torey Lovullo, the first-year skipper who turned the Arizona Diamondbacks from a 93-loss team cellar dweller to a 93-win postseason team in just one season.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo won the award for the first time, receiving 18 first place votes. The Twins lost in the one-game Wild Card playoff by the Yankees.

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. For the D-backs, Kirk Gibson was named NL Manager of the Year in 2011 - their last playoff appearance before Lovullo brought them back - and Bob Melvin won the award in "07".

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In his first year at the helm, Lovullo led Arizona to a 93-69 record, a 24-win improvement over 2016. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch received the only other first-place vote and finished third.

Francona, who won the award previous year, led the Indians to an AL-best 102-62 record and an American League record 22 wins in a row. It was considered a close competition going in, but Lovullo claimed 18 out of 30 first-place votes. Frank Robinson, who was named AL manager of the year in 1989, is the only other Hall of Fame player to win the award.

"An award like this, it's certainly a reflection of the organization [and] the work my coaches and players put in", Molitor said on MLB Network.

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