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MLB: National League Manager of the Year, Torey Lovullo

NL Manager of the Year, Torey Lovullo

Six players and two managers added some hardware to their trophy case following last week’s award voting. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America cast their votes back in October. What resulted was the 2017 NL Manager of the Year, Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Lovullo finished atop the list of candidates with 111 points, broken down as 18 first-place, five second-place, and six third-place. Finishing second and third behind Lovullo was Dave Roberts of the Dodgers, and Bud Black of the Rockies. Roberts and Black earned 55 and 43 points, respectively.

The BBWAA’s decision comes as little surprise after Lovullo led the D-Backs to a complete turnaround over last season. A year after finishing 69-93, the D-Backs finished 2017 at 93-69 and earned the top Wild Card spot in the NL.

The D-Backs went on to beat the Rockies in the nail-biting NL Wild Card Game but fell to the Dodgers in the NL Division Series. Nonetheless, the fact that Lovullo and the D-Backs made it that far was a huge success, considering last year’s finish.

Lovullo was honored with the award after his very first season as a Major League manager. The DBacks hired him last November. Lovullo immediately made a great impression on his staff and players. He made sure to reach out to each and every one of his players, coaches, and support staff, something that made him stand-out above the rest.

Lovullo’s communication with his team undoubtedly went a long way in the team’s success. In fact, The D-Backs’ 69-93 team from 2016 featured many of the same players as the 2017 team. Yet their seasons were drastically different.

Torey Lovullo played a huge role in that and was the easy choice for NL Manager of the Year.

 

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