Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo wins NL Manager of Year

Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks won the Manager of the Year award in his first season on the job

Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks won the Manager of the Year award in his first season on the job

After leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to the postseason in his first season at the helm, former UCLA baseball player Torey Lovullo was named 2017's National League Manager of the Year. The AL favorites are Minnesota's Paul Molitor, Cleveland's Terry Francona, and Houston's A.J. Hinch.

Over on the American League side, Paul Molitor of the Twins was named 2017 AL Manager on the Year. Arizona's skipper earned 18 first-place votes, while Roberts got five, with Bud Black of the Colorado Rockies and Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers each garnering three.

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.

Torey Lovullo is the NL Manager of the Year!

Lovullo finished in first place with more than double the points of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who finished in second.

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. Molitor and Frank Robinson are the only Hall of Fame players to win Manager of the Year Awards. Last year, the Twins led the majors with 103 losses. As well, the Diamondbacks this season claimed a spot in the NL Wild Card Game, which they won over Black's Rockies.

Roberts finished second with 5 first place votes, 8 second place votes and 6 third place votes.

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