Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks has won the NL Manager of the Year award after his first full season as a big league skipper. After losing 103 games in 2016, Molitor helped orchestrate a quick turnaround as the Twins went 85-77 in 2017, good for the second AL Wild Card. Roberts was one of five managers to receive first-place votes this year - Lovullo (18 first-place votes), Roberts (five), Black (three), Milwaukee's Craig Counsell (three) and Washington's Dusty Baker (one).
Lovullo guided Arizona to a 93-69 record and reached the playoffs in 2017 - the team's first postseason berth since 2011. 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".
The Minnesota Twins' Paul Molitor (18 first-place votes) was the American League victor.
It's worth noting that the Baseball Writers Association of America completes its balloting before the start of the postseason, so Hinch winning the World Series had no impact on the results.
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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.
Molitor joined Frank Robinson as the only Hall of Fame players to win a manager of the year award, which was first presented in 1983.
The 61-year-old Molitor was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, and got the last of his 3,319 career hits with the Twins in 1998. Indians manager Terry Francona, who finished in second place, had 11 first-place votes, nine second-place votes, and eight third-place votes. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch received the only other first-place vote and finished third.