Lovullo honored as NL Manager of Year

Annette Crawford
November 15, 2017

The Los Angeles Dodgers sophomore manager, Dave Roberts, finished second for the National League Manager of the Year Award as announced by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Tuesday.

Lovullo, a product of UCLA like Roberts, was Boston's bench coach when he ran the Red Sox for 48 games in 2015 while Manager John Farrell underwent cancer treatment.

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo won the award for the first time, receiving 18 first place votes. 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).

Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black finished third with 43 points. That represented a 24-game improvement over the team's record of 69-93 in 2016.

The D-Backs earned a wild-card spot and advanced into the divisional round of the playoffs.

Lovullo is the third manager in Diamondbacks history to win Manager of the Year, joining Kirk Gibson in 2011 and Bob Melvin in 2007, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Following the announcement, make your voice heard by voting for Best Manager in the Esurance MLB Awards, where baseball legends, media, front-office personnel and fans come together to pick the winners, with postseason accomplishments factored in.

Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins won the award in the American League.

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