Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo wins NL Manager of the 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. More

These are 2017 file photos showing Paul Molitor, left, Terry Francona, center, and A.J. Hinch.

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. The Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona, the 2016 victor, was the runner-up with 11 first-place votes.

Dave Roberts of the Dodgers was second and Colorado's Bud Black was third.

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

Lovullo, who is the seventh manager to win the award in his first season as a manager, guided the Diamondbacks to a 93-69 season-a 24-win improvement from 2016.

Roberts was the reigning National League Manager of the Year victor after winning the award in 2016, and was looking to become the first back-to-back victor since Bobby Cox with the Atlanta Braves in 2004-2005.

Molitor, who was elected to the Hall of Fame as a player in 2004, is the second Hall of Famer to be named Manager of the Year.

Molitor is the second person enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame as a player to later become Manager of the Year, joining Frank Robinson.

Francona, who won the award a year ago, led the Indians to an AL-best 102-62 record and an American League record 22 wins in a row.

Lovullo won the honor in voting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The Twins went 85-77 this season and earned their first playoff spot since 2010 before losing to the Yankees in the AL wild-card game. Baker got one first-place vote. Voting was completed before the playoffs began.

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