The Arizona Diamondbacks now have the pieces in place after the overhaul this offseason.
Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Hazen has added another former Boston Red Sox piece to this new Diamondbacks puzzle as he announces the team has hired former Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo as manager.
OFFICIAL: Torey Lovullo has been named #Dbacks manager.
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“I’m excited to have Torey as our Manager,” said Hazen. “We share the same goals and mindset about how to be a championship-caliber organization.”
Lovullo spent the last four seasons in the Red Sox’ organization as the Bench Coach under John Farrell, including a stint as the interim manager from Aug. 14, 2015-end of the season while Farrell was on medical leave. During his time in Boston, Lovullo helped guide the Red Sox to a World Series championship in 2013 and 2 division titles (2013, ’16). He also served as Farrell’s Bench Coach for the 2014 American League All-Star Team in Minnesota. Prior to the Red Sox, he was the First Base Coach for Farrell’s staff with the Blue Jays from 2011-12.
“I appreciate the opportunity to join the D-backs family,” said Lovullo. “I’m excited to get to work with the staff and players to help lead this organization back to title contention. I also thank the Boston Red Sox for the invaluable opportunities provided to me over the last 4 years.”
The new D-Backs manager is familiar with the west coast as he is a native of Santa Monica, CA and played collegiately at UCLA from 1984-87, where he left as the Bruins’ career leader in at-bats (856), hits (266), runs (211), home runs (51), RBI (188) and walks (180). He began his coaching career in 2001 with the Indians organization.
Lovullo will be officially introduced in Arizona on Monday at 10am.