The advanced analytics movement that has swept over baseball, refining and altering perceptions of what makes hitters and pitches great, has nonetheless done little to aid in evaluating what makes a manager effective on an annual basis.
The BBWAA announced Tuesday that Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was named National League Manager of the Year.
Lovullo wins the honor in his first season at the helm for Arizona, leading the team to a 93-69 record and berth in the National League Wild Card Game.
It was considered a close competition going in, but Lovullo claimed 18 out of 30 first-place votes.
It was good enough for second place in the National League West behind the MLB-best Los Angeles Dodgers and a wild-card spot. Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers finished fourth and Dusty Baker, who was sacked by the Washington Nationals, finished fifth. Houston Astros skipper A.J. Hinch finished third.
Molitor, who was elected to the Hall of Fame as a player in 2004, is the second Hall of Famer to be named Manager of the Year. There was no sure-thing like when Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger won the Rookie of the Year awards. "An award like this reflects the work of the organization and everyone who contributed to the Twins having a turnaround season".