Bud Black accomplished a lot in his first season as Rockies manager:

— He led the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

— He guided them to 41 victories away from Coors Field, marking just the second time in franchise history the Rockies had a winning record on the road.

— He nurtured a young pitching staff that puts Colorado in good shape for the future. Five pitchers who during the season were 25 and younger — right-handers Jon Gray, Antonio Senzatela, German Marquez and Jeff Hoffman, and left-hander Kyle Freeland — combined to go 48-32.

But all of that wasn’t enough to get Black the award for National League manager of the year on Tuesday.

The winner was Arizona’s Torey Lovullo. The Dodgers’ Dave Roberts came in second and Black finished third. The vote, by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, was not close. Lovullo received 111 votes, Roberts 55 and Black 43.

Minnesota’s Paul Molitor was named the American League manager of the year. He led the Twins to an 85-77 record, 26 more victories than the previous season, the biggest increase in the major leagues. Molitor became just the second person enshrined in the Hall of Fame as a player to also become manager of the year, joining Frank Robinson.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports

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