Twins’ Paul Molitor named AL Manager of Year

Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor was named American League Manager of the Year on Tuesday.

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 after Frank Robinson, who won the AL honors in 1989 for the Baltimore Orioles.

Molitor received 18 of the 30 first-place votes in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He also received six second-place votes and four third-place votes for a total of 112 points.

That put him ahead of Terry Francona, manager of the division rival Cleveland Indians. Francona finished with 11 first-place votes, nine second-place votes and eight third-place votes for a total of 90 points.

A.J. Hinch, who guided the Houston Astros to the franchise’s first World Series title, finished third with 56 points, followed by former New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi’s 12 points.

The Yankees decided not to renew Girardi’s contract after the team lost the ALCS to the Astros in seven games.

Molitor guided the Twins to a historic turnaround, finishing with an 85-77 record after posting a 59-103 record in 2016. The improvement was enough to earn Minnesota a wild-card spot, making them the first team to make the MLB playoffs after a 100-loss season.

The Yankees beat the Twins 8-4 in the wild-card game.

Molitor, who was in his third season as manager of the Twins, has posted a 227-259 managerial record so far. He was rewarded for the team’s 2017 performance with a three-year contract extension that runs through 2020.

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Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo wins NL Manager of Year

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo won National League Manager of the Year honors Tuesday.

Lovullo received 18 of the 30 first-place votes in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and five second-place and six third-place votes for a total of 111 points to beat out Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who received five first-place votes and a total of 55 points.

Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black finished third with 43 points.

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell (33) was fourth, followed by former Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker (25) and Joe Maddon (3) of the Chicago Cubs. 

Lovullo guided the Diamondbacks to a 93-69 record in his first season as a major-league manager. That represented a 24-game improvement over the team’s record of 69-93 in 2016.

It was good enough for second place in the National League West behind the MLB-best Los Angeles Dodgers and a wild-card spot.

Arizona beat the Colorado Rockies 11-8 in the wild-card game and then were swept by the Dodgers in the National League Division Series.

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Roy Halladay, former MLB star pitcher, killed in Florida plane crash

Pitcher Roy Halladay, who won two Cy Young awards and more than 200 major league baseball games during a stellar career, died Tuesday in a plane crash off the Florida coast, authorities said.

Halladay was the only person on the two-seater plane that crashed just off Holiday, on Florida’s Gulf coast north of the Tampa Bay area, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said.

The single-engine plane, an Icon A5, crashed in very shallow water and was found upside down.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s office, a 911 call came in at 12:06 p.m. ET saying that a small plane had crashed.

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Astros win World Series Game 3 to seize series lead

The Houston Astros won Game 3 of the World Series 5-3 to take the lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the best-of-seven series.

Of the three games played so far, the Astros have won two games and the Dodgers one.

Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel got the scoring started with a second-inning home run off Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish that led to a four-run inning for Houston.

Darvish only lasted 1 and 2/3 innings, the shortest outing of his major league career.

The Astros remain undefeated at home during the playoffs with a perfect 7-0 record at Minute Maid Park in Houston in this year’s postseason.

The two teams will meet again in Minute Maid Park Saturday night for Game 4.

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America to get free tacos thanks to Cameron Maybin

Taco Bell will be giving away free tacos on Nov. 1 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. thanks to Houston Astros outfielder Cameron Maybin.

The Mexican eatery has been running its “Steal a Base, Steal a Taco” promotion where if someone steals a base during the World Series, everyone in the U.S. receives a free Doritos Locos Taco.

Maybin stole a base during Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

According to SB Nation, this is the 10th season Taco Bell has offered the deal. This will be the sixth time America has scored a free taco.

After the game, Maybin celebrated his accomplishment on Twitter.

 

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