Dave Roberts Finishes Second for National League Manager of the Year


A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Lovullo was an All-American for the Bruins in 1987 and became the first Pac-10 player to repeat as the conference's player of the year.

The advanced analytics movement that has swept over baseball, refining and altering perceptions of what makes hitters and pitches great, has nonetheless done little to aid in evaluating what makes a manager effective on an annual basis.

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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. Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black finished third. 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). The club saw a 24-win improvement (69 wins to 93 wins) from 2016. Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers finished fourth and Dusty Baker, who was sacked by the Washington Nationals, finished fifth. Arizona finished second in the wildly competitive NL West division at 93-69, behind only eventual pennant-winner Los Angeles.

Roberts finished second with 5 first place votes, 8 second place votes and 6 third place votes. All balloting was completed before the start of the postseason.

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

In his third year guiding the Twins, Molitor oversaw a stunning turnaround from 59-103 in 2016 to 85-77 and the second AL wild-card berth in 2017.

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"It's humbling", Molitor told MLB Network. "If you win rookie of the year, the Cy Young or the MVP, it's about the player".