MLB: American League Manager of the Year, Paul Molitor
AL Manager of the Year, Paul Molitor
On the American League side, Minnesota Twins skipper, Paul Molitor was awarded Manager of the Year honors. Molitor beat out Terry Francona and A.J. Hinch, who finished second and third, respectively. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America granted him 18 first-place votes, six second-place, and four third-place. A total of 112 points.
Typically, voters tend to lean towards managers of teams that performed above expectations. This was the case in the National League with Torey Lovullo of the Diamondbacks winning the award, and again with Molitor. The Twins made a historic improvement over last season, going from 59-103 in 2016 to 85-77 this season. They were the first team ever to lose over a hundred games and make the playoffs the next season.
Molitor and the Twins’ season helped him beat out not only last year’s winner but a World Series champion as well. Molitor arguably did the most with the least, which helped put him ahead of the rest in the voting. Despite moves made at the trade deadline, the Twins still managed to secure a Wild Card spot in the AL. They ultimately fell to the Yankees in the AL Wild Card Game.
Prior to the announcement, the Twins signed their skipper to a three-year contract to stay and manage the club. That means he’ll be able to stay with his young core of players and help them develop and reach their full potential. The Twins, under Paul Molitor, have already shown that they’re capable of being a playoff team. With another year of experience under the belt, along with some help from the front office, the Twins could be competitors sooner than expected.
AL Manager of the Year Paul Molitor will be at the helm to help see that come to life.Follow @Ryhhno