Expert picks: Manager of the Year

From ESPN - November 14, 2017

We asked 27 of our experts to give us their predictions for who will win baseball's four majors awards -- Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and MVP. Manager of the Year will be announced Tuesday night. There were clear favorites in both leagues, but all of the finalist received some support.

American League

The finalists:

Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians
2017 record: 102-60
Overall managerial record: 1483-1269 (17 seasons)

Cleveland's 102 wins in 2017 was it's most in a season since 1954 and included an American League-record 22-game winning streak. Francona has won AL Manager of the Year twice in Cleveland, in 2013 and 2016. In five seasons with the Indians, Francona's record is 454-354 (.562 winning percentage). Overall as a manager -- Philly (1997-200), Boston (2004-2011), Cleveland (2013-2017) -- Francona is 1483-1269 in the regular season.

A.J. Hinch, Houston Astros
2017 record: 101-51
Overall managerial record: 360-338 (parts of five seasons)

In his third season in Houston, Hinch led the Astros to the second-highest win total in franchise history (102 in 1998 is the highest). It does not count toward Manager of the Year voting, but Hinch and the Astros capped off their 101-win season with the first World Series title in franchise history. The Astros have had a winning record in all three seasons that Hinch has been the manager.

Paul Molitor, Minnesota Twins
2017 record: 85-77
Overall managerial record: 227-259 (three seasons)

In three seasons in Minnesota, Molitor has finished with a winning record twice (2015 and 2017) and the worst record in baseball once (2016). The Twins improved their win total from 2016 (59) by 26 games in 2017, making the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Expert picks: Molitor -- 16; Hinch -- 9; Francona -- 2

National League

The finalists:

Bud Black, Colorado Rockies
2017 record: 87-75
Overall managerial record: 736-788 (nine-plus seasons)

Black managed the Rockies to the playoffs in his first season in Colorado, helping the Rockies to their first winning season since 2010 and first playoff appearance since 2009. Black managed the Padres for eight-plus seasons before being fired in the middle of 2015.

Torey Lovullo, Arizona Diamondbacks
2017 record: 93-69
Overall managerial record: 93-69

The Diamondbacks raised their win total by 24 -- from 69 to 93 -- in Lovullo's first season in the desert and made the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Prior to heading to Arizona, Lovullo spent four seasons as bench coach with the Red Sox.

Dave Roberts, Los Angeles Dodgers
2017 record: 104-58
Overall managerial record: 195-129 (two seasons)

Roberts won the National League Manager of the Year award after his first season at the helm of the Dodgers. In his second season, the Dodgers set the franchise record since moving to Los Angeles for wins in a season.

Expert picks: Lovullo -- 22; Roberts -- 3; Black -- 2

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