Lovullo and Goldschmidt named finalists for 2017 BBWAA NL Awards

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) announced their finalists for their annual awards, which included Torey Lovullo finishing in the Top 3 in NL Manager of the Year balloting, and Paul Goldschmidt in the NL Most Valuable Player category for the third time in the last 5 years.

November 7th, 2017

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) announced their finalists for their annual awards, which included Torey Lovullo finishing in the Top 3 in NL Manager of the Year balloting, and Paul Goldschmidt in the NL Most Valuable Player category for the third time in the last 5 years.

Lovullo guided the D-backs to a second-place finish in the NL West in 2017, and a Wild Card win over the Colorado Rockies in his first season. His 93 wins were the most by an Arizona manager in his first 162 games, 1 more than Bob Brenly's 92 in 2001, and were 24 victories more than their total of 69 in 2016, the second largest win difference in the Majors behind the Minnesota Twins (26), and fourth-best increase in a single-season in franchise history.

Lovullo is looking to become the third D-backs manager to garner the honor, joining Bob Melvin (2007) and Kirk Gibson (2011).

Goldschmidt, who finished second in NL MVP voting in 2013 and '15, ranked among league leaders in runs scored (3rd, 117), RBI (4th, 120), extra-base hits (4th, 73), walks (4th, 94), on-base pct. (5th, .404), OPS (5th, .966) and home runs (T-6th, 36). The 5-time NL All-Star (2013-17) also finished seventh in the Majors with a .365 average with runners in scoring position, and was named a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award at first base for the third time in his career (won in 2013, '15).

Goldschmidt would be the first D-back to win the NL Most Valuable Player Award.

The NL Manager of the Year Award (Lovullo, Bud Black or Dave Roberts) will be announced on MLB Network on Tuesday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m., and the NL Most Valuable Player Award (Goldschmidt, Giancarlo Stanton or Joey Votto) on Thursday, November 16 at 4:00 p.m.