LOS ANGELES — Dave Roberts on Monday was named one of three finalists for the National League Manager of the Year Award, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The top three finishers are all from the National League West, with Roberts joined by Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo and Bud Black of the Rockies.
The winner will be revealed on Tuesday, Nov. 14 in an hour-long program on MLB Network beginning at 4 p.m. PT.
Roberts won the award in his first season as manager in 2016, then followed that up with 104 wins, second-most in franchise history, and another NL West division title. But Roberts’ bid to join Bobby Cox (2004-05) as the only back-to-back winners of this award faces long odds.
Lovullo guided an Arizona team that lost 93 games in 2016 to 93 wins in 2017 and the top wild card spot in the NL. Similarly, Black took over a Colorado team that had 87 losses in 2016 and turned things around to 87 wins and a wild card berth this year.
Since Tommy Lasorda won the first NL Manager of the Year Award in 1983, Roberts is one of five Dodgers managers to finish in the top three, joining Lasorda (1983, 1985, 1988, 1990), Jim Tracy (2001, 2004), Joe Torre (2009) and Don Mattingly (2013). Roberts is the first Dodgers manager to finish in the top three in consecutive seasons.
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