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Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo And Twins’ Paul Molitor Named BBWAA Managers Of The Year

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Tuesday was the second night of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Award presentations, as the announcements were made for both leagues’ Manager of the Year.

For the American League, Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor received the honor after leading the Twins to a 85-77 record. This is important because in 2016, the Twins had the Major League’s worst record at 59-103.

This is Molitor’s first Manager of the Year Award. His managing career began for the Twins as he was hired prior to the 2015 season.

Molitor, 61, played 21 Major League seasons from 1978-98, having spent the final three with the Twins. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, and is a member of MLB’s 3,000 hit-club, ranking ninth on the all-time list with 3,319 knocks.

Taking home the honor in the National League was Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his first year at the helm, Lovullo led the D’Backs to a 93-69 record, good for third best in the league, as well as a complete reverse of their 69-93 mark the previous season.

Lovullo, 52, has been a coach in the majors since 2011. He spent two years as first base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, and aided manager John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox as their bench coach for four years prior to taking Arizona’s managerial job in October of 2016.

In parts of eight Major League seasons for seven teams from 1988-99, Lovullo was a .224 hitter with 15 homers and 60 RBIs.

The 2015 season saw Lovullo act as interim manager for the Red Sox while Farrell was undergoing cancer treatments. Lovullo led Boston to a 28-20 record over the final 48 games. Despite this, the Red Sox still finished last in the AL East, going 78-84.

Well deserved honors for both managers, who significantly improved their team from last season.

Molitor beat out Cleveland’s Terry Francona and Houston’s A.J. Hinch for the AL honor, while Lovullo topped Colorado’s Bud Black and Los Angeles’s Dave Roberts in the NL.

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Rays Recall Austin Meadows

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The Tampa Bay Rays have recalled outfielder Austin Meadows to their active roster, according to the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Tompkin.

In addition to Meadows, right handers Austin Pruitt and Chih-Wei Hu, along with lefty Hoby Milner, will be joining the big league roster.

Meadows, 23, posted a  .292/.327/.468 line over 165 plate appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this season, prior to being sent over in exchange for starting pitcher Chris Archer.

 

 

 

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Orioles’ Adam Jones Discusses Vetoed Trade, Free Agency

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Baltimore Orioles veteran outfielder Adam Jones has seen the organization undergo a major rebuild, and have traded away pieces to start from scratch. Jones was expected to be traded but it has been reported that the veteran exercised his 10-and-5 rights to veto a trade that would’ve sent him from Baltimore to the Phillies shortly before the non-waiver trade deadline.

“It just wasn’t right for me” Jones said, during an interview with Sara Perlman of MASNsports.com.

“I was playing center field at the time, and they wanted me to go play right field and platoon. That was the situation there, and it’s understandable. That’s how their roster was constructed, and that’s National League ball — double-switch and all that kind of stuff. … It wasn’t the right move for me, especially going into free agency. I’m not going into free agency looking like I’m [Nolan] Arenado, [Manny] Machado or [Bryce] Harper — obviously not — but I want to continue to create and maintain my stock. Going there to platoon, obviously in a good environment, a winning environment, would’ve hurt me in the long run. If I was 36, 37, a little older and toward the end of it all, of course — that would’ve been a very ideal and smart move, because it’d make sense. … I wish the Phillies the best, because I believe they have a really good team.”

Jones also discussed his pending free agency, adding, “Whoever wants me to run around [in the outfield] for them, whether it’s center, right, left, I could care less. I just want to play.”

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Yankees Activate Aaron Judge

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The New York Yankees have activated slugger Aaron Judge for tonight;s game, manager Aaron Boone said, according to SNY’s Andy Martino.

Judge has not been cleared to hit in a live game, he will be able to play in the field and run the bases while he finished his preparations for his full return. Although Judge isn’t fully back, this step is welcomed for a Yankees team that his been dreadful at the plate for over a month, and has seen their lead for the top Wild Card spot dwindle.

 

 

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