The men live a couple miles apart in northern San Diego county. Roberts, the manager of the
The other finalist, Torey Lovullo of the
"Of course I would have gone," Lovullo said with a chuckle. "When I was told that I was by myself and they were together, I was a little bit jealous."
Lovullo can console himself with the award. After leading the Diamondbacks from a 93-loss season to the division series, Lovullo succeeded Roberts as the league's manager of the year.
Roberts finished second, Black third. Paul Molitor of the
Of the five manager hires thus far this fall,
Lovullo said front offices want to hire managers familiar with analytics and willing to embrace them, even at the expense of some of the traditional autonomy in decision-making. As a result, he said, the jobs are going to what he called "the newer model, the younger model type of a manager."
Said Lovullo: "It's definitely trending in that way, and I think the main part of it is the analytics."
Roberts led the Dodgers to the World Series. Lovullo won the award as manager of the year for leading a team that finished 11 games behind the Dodgers and were swept by them in the division series, although voting concluded before the playoffs.
"We feel strongly about our organization and our players," Lovullo said. "Whether we have closed that gap or not, we're not exactly sure. … The Dodgers walked through us in three games, so we know what we have to do to improve for that to not happen."
When the Dodgers lost in the playoffs last year, their owners committed $192 million to bring back free agents Rich Hill, Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner. It is uncertain whether Arizona can afford to bring back free-agent outfielder
"It's a tremendous challenge for us to try and stride with the Dodgers, knowing that there is a difference in payroll," Lovullo said.
"We are taking a different avenue and a different walk than they are. They have their challenges, to make sure they continue to bring in the right players and match what their payroll demands are. We just have to do it at a little bit lower scale."
That, of course, is his problem. The league's Twitter account posted a picture of Roberts and Black lounging on patio furniture Tuesday afternoon, with this caption: "Too blessed to be stressed."