Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Dave Roberts Finishes Second for National League Manager of the Year

Dave Roberts Finishes Second for National League Manager of the Year

On Tuesday, Diamondbacks skipper Torey Lovullo was named National League Manager of the Year for 2017.

Roberts, who led the Dodgers to the majors' best record (104-58) this season, received five first-place votes and was runner-up, while Colorado's Bud Black received three first-place votes and finished third.

A bench coach with the Red Sox for four years before taking the Arizona job, Lovullo is the third Diamondbacks manager to win the award, following Kirk Gibson in 2011 and Bob Melvin in 2007.

Lovullo finished in first place with more than double the points of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who finished in second. "If you win rookie of the year, the Cy Young or the MVP, it's about the player". Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers finished fourth and Dusty Baker, who was sacked by the Washington Nationals, finished fifth.

In the AL, Molitor also received 18 of a possible 30 first-place votes, with Cleveland's Terry Francona receiving 11 first-place votes and finishing second. Lovullo became the fourth straight N.L. Manager of the Year to win the award in his first season with the team.

The D-Backs earned a wild-card spot and advanced into the divisional round of the playoffs. Arizona finished second in the wildly competitive NL West division at 93-69, behind only eventual pennant-winner Los Angeles. The Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona, the 2016 victor, was the runner-up with 11 first-place votes.

Roberts finished second with 5 first place votes, 8 second place votes and 6 third place votes. Nobody expected a postseason berth for the Twins - perhaps not even their front office, because they were sellers at the trade deadline.

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