ESPN – Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Paul Molitor of the Minnesota Twins are the 2017 MLB Manager of the Year Award winners. Lovullo, in his first season with Arizona, managed the team to a 93-69 record — 24 more wins than last season, the second largest win increase from 2016 among all teams — and into the playoffs for the first time since 2011.
Of course he did. The guy the Sox let walk for nothing ends up being the best manager in the league. So lets just recap all this real quick. Torey Lovullo was hired by the Red Sox and John Farrell to be his bench coach before the 2013 season (he also worked under Farrell for two years in Toronto).
Lovullo was widely considered a future MLB manager and interviewed for managerial jobs after most of those seasons before coming back to Boston. He was the interim manager for the Sox down the stretch in 2015 when Farrell was diagnosed with cancer. The Sox played extremely well under Lovullo, leading many to speculate that the Sox would dump Farrell in favor of his bench coach. The Red Sox kept Farrell at the helm though with Lovullo returning as bench coach.
Well the Sox gave Lovullo a two year extension for big money that all, but screamed he would replace Farrell once he was axed. The Sox instead stuck with Farrell through all of 2016 and let Lovullo walk to take the Diamondbacks managerial job, signifying they would be sticking with Farrell for the foreseeable future. Welp, just one year later after yet another playoff flameout the Sox finally did fire Farrell after the 2017 season, the same season in which Lovullo won NL Manager of the Year in his first season on the job.
So the Sox paid to keep Lovullo around as the heir apparent to Farrell, then refused to fire Farrell, let Lovullo walk, then a year later ended up firing Farrell anyways, all while Lovullo showcases an immense talent for the job and is named the best manager in the NL. Great asset management, John Henry.