Lovullo will be the third Red Sox to join the Diamondbacks in the space of three weeks. After Hazen, it was announced that Sox VP of Amateur & International Scouting, Amiel Sawdaye, would join the club as its new Assistant GM.
Lovullo Stands Out
But fans no doubt feel they got to know Lovullo better when he stepped in admirably for the ailing John Farrell late last season. His loyalty to his friend and to the team (he agreed to forego any managerial opportunities to stay with the club in 2016) was overshadowed only, perhaps, by the club’s improved performance under his guidance. That MLB-level managerial experience only added to his appeal for the Arizona job.
More news of interest for Red Sox fans:
- Find me a Red Sox fan who doesn’t wish the best for former Sox manager Terry Francona. He’s just a beloved character around RSN and with good reason. Today comes word that the Cleveland Indians feel at least the same way, extending Tito’s contract for 2019 and 2020. Since joining The Tribe in 2013, Francona has led his team to a winning record every season, including, of course, the American League Championship in 2016. Over his 16-year managerial career, Francona is 1,381-1,209 (.533), the fifth best mark among actives.
- The Indians have been busy, not surprisingly picking up their $12 million option for Carlos Santana in 2017. At the same time, Cleveland has chosen to part company with one-time Red Sox Coco Crisp, who turned 37 this week. The option to retain Crisp for next season would have cost the club $13 million; they’ll pay $750,000 to let him go.
- Michael Levin on The Huffington Post digs into the Red Sox’ continued efforts to bring younger fans into the game. The strategy has three parts: provide greater access to Red Sox games, enhance the family experience at Fenway, and celebrate and strengthen the game of baseball in the community. The piece explains some the strategic thinking behind such attractions as “Wally’s Clubhouse” and the mascot’s little sister, Tessy (the brainchild of Linda Pizzuti Henry, wife of Sox principal owner John Henry).