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Twins' Molitor, D-Backs' Lovullo win Manager of Year awards

Twins' Molitor, D-Backs' Lovullo win Manager of Year awards”

As well, the Twins in 2016 went 59-103, so Molitor's team managed 26-game improvement in the standings this season. Just one problem, Molitor liked to point out: "Well, that doesn't really reflect very well on the manager". The improvement was enough to earn Minnesota wild-card spot, making them the first team to make the Major League Baseball playoffs after a 100-loss season.

Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday. Molitor prevailed in the BBWAA balloting over fellow award finalists Terry Francona of the Indians and A.J. Hinch of the Astros. Minnesota's manager collected 18 of the 30 first-place votes to take home the hardware.

The 61-year-old Molitor is the third Twins manager, and third in a row, to win the award, following Tom Kelly in 1991 and Ron Gardenhire, whom he succeeded three years ago, in 2010. It had gone 142-182 in the first two years under the guidance of the Baseball Hall of Fame infielder, who ended his playing career as a member of the Twins in 1998. Francona had 11 first-place votes, nine seconds and eight thirds for 90 points.

The result was the team's first postseason berth since 2010. He was rewarded for the team's 2017 performance with a three-year contract extension that runs through 2020.

"I'm not ready to stop working", Molitor said at the time. "But I think for the most part, staying task-focused. obviously having a competitive season with a wild card appearance, helped keep that focus consistent without being too distracted by it".



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