Although Arizona Diamondbacks suffered a setback in the 2018 season and ended up missing the playoffs, the organization still decided to give their manager Torey Lovullo a vote of confidence. Diamondbacks announced on Tuesday that Lovullo, who had one more year left on his contract, inked a two-year extension which will keep him with the franchise trough 2021.
“Torey’s leadership and ability to connect with people, specifically our players and coaches, provides the foundation for the culture we continue to cultivate and grow in Arizona,” – said Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen in a statement. “This is an exciting day for Torey, his family, and the D-backs.”
Torey Lovullo started his MLB coaching career in 2011 when he joined the coaching staff of Toronto Blue Jays. After two years in Toronto, he joined the Boston Red Sox, where he was a bench coach under manager John Farrell. Following Farrell’s absence due to health issues in 2015, Lovullo served as an interim manager for the Red Sox in the final seven weeks of the season and ended his run with a .636 winning percentage.
After his performance with Boston, Torey Lovullo became a highly sought-after candidate for managerial positions across the league, and he ended up accepting the job with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017. In his first season with the team, he led them to a 93-69 record, which brought him the 2017 National League manager of the year. 2018, however, was less successful for Lovullo and Arizona, as the team finished with 82-80 record.