A race he deservedly won, Paul Molitor locked down the American League Manager of the Year award Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

The Minnesota Twins skipper was the leader of a big Minnesota turnaround that saw the Twins go from a 59-103 record in 2016, to an 85-77 finish in 2017, good enough for second in the AL Central and a second wild-card berth.

The Twins became the first team in major league history to make the playoffs after loosing 100-plus games the prior season, although the Twins lost to the New York Yankees in the AL wild-card game.

Molitor is the third Twins manager to win the award. Tom Kelly won it back in 1991 and Ron Gardenhire won it after the 2010 season. Molitor is just the second Hall of Famer to win Manager of the Year. Frank Robinson won the award after leading the Baltimore Orioles to an 87-75 record in 1989, after going 54-107 in 1988, losing their first 21 games of the season.

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