Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo named National League Manager of the Year

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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.

In his first season as a big-league manager, Lovullo, 52, guided the Diamondbacks to a 93-69 record despite playing an unbalanced schedule in a division that yielded three playoff teams.

How's that for a rookie campaign?

The Diamondbacks improved by 24 games over 2016 in Lovullo's first season. The Twins lost in the one-game Wild Card playoff by the Yankees.

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


Among the other managers who received first-place votes was Dusty Baker of the Washington Nationals, who received one and finished fifth in the voting.

Hinch navigated the Astros to a 101-61 record and their first-ever World Series title in his third season at the helm. The Yankees Joe Girardi finished fourth with 12 points. He joins Bob Melvin (2007) and Kirk Gibson (2011) as the only Arizona managers to win the award.

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

Francona, who won the award past year, led the Indians to an AL-best 102-62 record and an American League record 22 wins in a row. Not only that, but the Twins traded some good players at the deadline because they felt they were out of the race.

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.

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