Today, the Arizona Diamondbacks named Sox bench coach, Torey Lovullo, as their next manager. Once the Red Sox announced that John Farrell would return as manager for the 2017, you could pretty much assume that Lovullo was out the door; his return to the staff in 2016 came as a bit of a surprise.
If you ask me, Torey Lovullo only came back in 2016 because he knew how bad Farrell is and knew a slow start would probably be enough to can him. Which, OF COURSE, didn't happen and the rest is history. As a result, the Sox lose Lovullo to Arizona.
I'm in no way, shape, or form, mad at Torey Lovullo. I would've done the exact same thing as he did. Arizona just got a really good player's manager who gets his teams to play for HIM. He was able to get a mediocre Red Sox team to play 28-21 baseball and make a late push for the playoffs in 2015.
The favorite to take over Lovullo's job as bench coach is Jason Varitek. Tek was oftentimes spotted in the dugout down the stretch for the Sox, and I think he's the perfect fit for that role and, hopefully soon, as Farrell's replacement. Catchers make the best managers and Tek was labeled as one of the most prepared and focused men in the league during his day, so one can only imagine the kind of skipper he could be.