Arizona Diamondbacks tap Torey Lovullo to be new manager

Posted at 10:48 AM, Nov 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-04 18:11:53-04

The Arizona Diamondbacks have found their new manager, as Torey Lovullo will be called upon to manage the club next season.

Lovullo, 51, served as the interim manager for the Boston Red Sox since August after manager John Farrell took a leave of absence to undergo treatment for lymphoma. The Red Sox went 28-21 under Lovullo and advanced to the playoffs before being eliminated by the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series.

Lovullo will be introduced to the media at a press conference on Monday at 10 a.m. at Chase Field in Phoenix.

"I appreciate the opportunity to join the D-backs family," Lovullo said in a statement. "I'm excited to get to work with the staff and players to help lead this organization back to title contention."

Lovullo was an infielder who played for seven different MLB teams from 1988-99. He served as the bench coach for the Red Sox since 2013 before stepping in to the interim manager role. He was the bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2011-12.

Lovullo is familiar with Mike Hazen, who was named the D-backs' new general manager last month. Hazen had served in the Red Sox front office since 2006.

"We share the same goals and mindset about how to be a championship-caliber organization," Hazen said.

Lovullo will replace Chip Hale, who was fired as D-backs manager after two seasons, including a disappointing 69-93 campaign in 2015.

Lovullo is the ninth manager in D-backs history. No previous manager has remained with the team for more than five seasons.