As arranged marriages go, it’s hard to imagine one working out better than what the Twins experienced in 2017. Holdover manager Paul Molitor didn’t just find a way to co-exist with the new front-office combination of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine. Molitor navigated a historic turnaround that saw the Twins go from 103 losses to a 26-win improvement and their first postseason appearance in seven years. For that the hall of fame player was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday. Voting was conducted by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. “It’s humbling, really,” Molitor said after the announcement on MLB Network. “An award like this, it’s certainly a reflection of the organization, the work that my players and coaches put in. This award is more about everyone that contributed to the Twins having a turnaround season.” Molitor received 18 of 30 first-place votes to outpoll runner-up Terry Francona, who led the Cleveland Indians to 102 wins and their second straight AL Central crown, and A.J. Hinch of the World Series-winning Houston Astros. Francona received 11 first-place votes and Hinch one to finish a close second (112-90) to his former Milwaukee Brewers teammate.
Twins’ Paul Molitor named AL manager of the year
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Nov 14