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Sport D-backs Torey Lovullo wins NL Manager of the Year Award

03:39  15 november  2017
03:39  15 november  2017 Source:   foxsports.com

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PHOENIX — Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks has won the NL Manager of the Year award after his first full season as a big league skipper. Lovullo won 18 of 30 first-place votes to beat out the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts and Colorado’s Bud Black in voting by members of the Baseball

But all of that wasn’t enough to get Black the award for National League manager of the year on Tuesday. The winner was Arizona’s Torey Lovullo . Lovullo is the third manager in Diamondbacks history to win manager of the year , joining Kirk Gibson in 2011 and Bob Melvin in 2007.

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PHOENIX — Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks has won the NL Manager of the Year award after his first full season as a big league skipper.

Lovullo won 18 of 30 first-place votes to beat out the Dodgers’ Dave Roberts and Colorado’s Bud Black in voting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He had 111 total votes, followed by 55 for Roberts and 43 for Black.

The 52-year-old Lovullo guided the Diamondbacks to a 93-69 record and their first playoff spot since 2011, a year after they went 69-93.

“It’s pretty special,” Lovullo said in an interview on MLB Network. “It’s a very, very nice feeling. There’s a lot of people did a lot of great things behind the scenes to help me get here.”

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Torey Lovullo won Manager of the Year in his debut season. (Source: The Associated Press). Lovullo is the third D - backs manager to win the award , joining Bob Melvin who won in 2007 and Kirk Gibson in 2011.

Torey Lovullo became the third consecutive Diamondbacks manager to lead his team to the postseason then be rewarded with the National League Manager of the Year award , winning rather easily in voting results announced Tuesday afternoon.

Lovullo was Boston’s bench coach when he ran the Red Sox for 48 games in 2015 while manager John Farrell underwent cancer treatment.

Powered by Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and midseason acquisition J.D. Martinez, and led by pitchers Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray, the Diamondbacks made the playoffs this year. They beat Colorado in the NL wild-card game before getting swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series.

Lovullo was credited with changing the culture in the Diamondbacks clubhouse through team building and open communication channels in the clubhouse. He said he recognized in spring training that the team was talented enough to put together a successful season, but it needed to get off to a good start to wipe away the disappointment of 2016.

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Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo won National League Manager of the Year honors Tuesday. Lovullo received 18 of the 30 first-place votes in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America and five second-place and six

Paul Molitor of the Twins and Torey Lovullo of the Diamondbacks each won their first manager of the year award . Under Lovullo , the D ' backs finished second in the NL West with a 93-69 record to earn a wild card berth.

“That was where I put myself out there a little bit, I wanted to change the culture, change their expectations,” he said. “And I watched that during spring trining, these guys really gravitated to one another.”

“Just get to the idea of raising expectations, raising the bar a little bit higher,” he said. “That’s what we need to do in Arizona.

“I think there’s still a little bit of hurt about how this season ended, the guys are still feeling it, I think we’re all eager to see what we can do in future years.”

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