According to multiple reports, the Arizona Diamondbacks have signed now-former Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo as their manager. This comes on the heels of the Red Sox' former manager, Terry Francona, taking the Cleveland Indians to within one game of winning a World Series. Furthermore, former general manager, Theo Epstein, with a plethora of former Red Sox players on the Cubs, won the World Series and are now celebrating in front of ~5 million people in Chicago. Notice a trend here?
This move should not be unexpected, as Lovullo had an interview with the Diamondbacks recently and was one of the hot commodities this offseason for teams in need of a new coach. Lovullo served as the bench coach for the Red Sox during their division title in 2016, but also served as the interim manager in 2015 when skipper John Farrell was diagnosed with cancer and sat out the second half of the season. During this time, Lovullo led the Red Sox to a 28-21 record and salvaged an otherwise terrible season.
Many expected the Red Sox to relieve Farrell of his duties following a clean sweep in the American League Divisional Series at the hands of the Cleveland Indians and give the keys to the castle to Lovullo, but President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski decided to invite the entire coaching staff back for the 2017 season. Needless to say, Lovullo did not take kindly to this invitation, regardless of what has already been written.
You cannot blame Lovullo for this decision. He has the opportunity to be a MLB manager and start a clean slate. Furthermore, by all accounts, Lovullo was a fantastic person and coach. He related well with his players and was there for Farrell when he went down with cancer.
Thanks for the hard work, Lovullo, but screw the Red Sox for yet another boneheaded decision on letting him walk.