Win 1 for the skippers: Molitor, Lovullo honored

Torey Lovullo and Paul Molitor won the 2017 Manager of the Year awards. More

Torey Lovullo and Paul Molitor won the 2017 Manager of the Year awards. More

Twins manager Paul Molitor and Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo have been voted Manager of the Year in their respective leagues, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced Tuesday. It was considered a close competition going in, but Lovullo claimed 18 out of 30 first-place votes.

Torey Lovullo is the NL Manager of the Year!

Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black finished third with 43 points.

Hired by Arizona following a 69-93 season under Chip Hale in 2016, Lovullo led the team to a 93-69 record and the first NL wild card in his first season on the bench.

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell (33) was fourth, followed by former Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (25) and Joe Maddon (3) of the Chicago Cubs. Voting was completed before the start of the playoffs. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch received the only other first-place vote and finished third. Frank Robinson, who was named AL manager of the year in 1989, is the only other Hall of Fame player to win the award.

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.

Molitor won the AL version of the award for leading the Twins to a wild-card berth this year after they lost 103 games in 2016. The Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona, the 2016 victor, was the runner-up with 11 first-place votes. "An award like this reflects the work of the organization and everyone who contributed to the Twins having a turnaround season".

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