Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor clinched a playoff berth in late September and signed a new three-year contract in October.
And now, on the second Tuesday of November, he’s been named the American League Manager of the Year.
It’s been quite the eventful few months for the 61-year-old skipper, who turned the Twins around from a franchise-worst 103-loss season in 2016 to an 85-77 record, the franchise’s best mark since 2010, which was also the last time Minnesota had made the postseason.
Molitor beat out Cleveland’s Terry Francona and A.J. Hinch of the Astros, the latter of whom recently brought a World Series title to Houston. Minnesota’s manager collected 18 of the 30 first-place votes to take home the hardware.
Molitor is the third Twins manager to win the award – which was created in 1983 — joining Ron Gardenhire (2010) and Tom Kelly (1991).