Molitor Beats Francona for AL Manager Award

Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor beat the Cleveland Indinas’ Terry Francona in at least one big contest in 2017. Molitor and Arizona Diamondbacks’ manager Torey Lovullo both presided over turnaround seasons, and guided their teams into the playoffs– and both won Manager of the Year awards by wide margins for the 2017 season. Molitor won the American League skipper’s award after the Twins became the first team to make the playoffs following a 100-loss season. The Hall of Famer drew 18 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Cleveland’s Tito Francona was second and A.J. Hinch of the World Series champion Houston Astros finished third. Voting was completed before the start of the playoffs. Lovullo also got 18 first-place votes in earning the National League prize. Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers was second and Colorado’s Bud Black was third. Molly joins Frank Robinson as the only Hall of Fame players to win manager of the year.