The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Friday that Torey Lovullo would become the team’s next manager. Lovullo served as the Red Sox bench coach since 2012.
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Friday that Torey Lovullo would become the team’s next manager. The team is set to officially announce Lovullo in a press conference on Monday.
Lovullo served as the Boston Red Sox’ bench coach for the past four seasons since his hiring in October of 2012. The move to bring Lovullo to the desert is not too surprising, as new-GM Mike Hazen spent the last ten seasons in the Red Sox organization.
Lovullo and Hazen have been in Boston’s front office together for the last four seasons. As soon as Hazen was introduced as GM of the D-Backs on October 16, there was speculation that Lovullo was soon to follow.
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Lovullo has been in the running for a managerial position for several off-seasons now. He has interviewed with the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, and Minnesota Twins in recent winters.
Although this will be Lovullo’s first gig as an official big league manager, he does have some experience. In August of 2015 with the Red Sox, manager John Farrell had to leave the team due to hernia surgery. Three days later, it was announced that Farrell had been diagnosed with Stage 1 Lymphoma. Farrell was forced to undergo chemotherapy, leaving Lovullo as the manager for the remaining two months of the season. The Red Sox posted a 28-22 record over the final 50 games of the season.
Days before the season’s end, it was reported that if Farrell returned healthy at the start of the 2016 campaign, he would resume as the team’s manager. Ten weeks after his leave, the Red Sox announced that Farrell’s cancer was in remission, and he would return in ’16. Lovullo then signed a two-year extension to remain Boston’s bench coach.
Lovullo replaces Chip Hale as the Diamondbacks’ manager, as he was relieved of his duties on October 3, 2016.
The 51-year old Lovullo becomes the ninth manager in team history, and looks to snap the Diamondbacks’ five-year postseason-drought heading into his first season.