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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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Red Sox Designate Blake Swihart, Bring Back Sandy Leon

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The Boston Red Sox are bringing back catcher Sandy Leon.

Boston has designated catcher Blake Swihart for assignment, according to WEEI.com’s Evan Drellich.

According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, catcher Sandy Leon will be heading back to the Red Sox roster.

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Yankees Place Greg Bird on IL

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The New York Yankees have once again had to place first baseman Greg Bird on the injured list, something Bird has been on for the majority of his career,

Bird was placed on the injured list with a left plantar fascia tear, and Bird joins an alarmingly expanding injured list for the Yanks.

In corresponding moves, the Yankees shifted Jacoby Ellsbury to the 6-day IL and selected the contract of first baseman Mike Ford, according to an official team announcement.

Bird may done with the Yankees, as his career has been riddled by injuries and he has struggled at the plate this season.

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Indians’ Francisco Lindor To Begin Rehab Assignment

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Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is set to being his rehab assignment with Triple-A Columbus, according to MLB.com’s Mandy Bell.

Lindor is returning from a calf strain and a high left ankle sprain, which has kept him out of the start of the 2019 season.

Lindor is one of baseball’s most promising young stars and is coming off an MVP caliber season in 2018.

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