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Torey Lovullo new manager for Arizona Diamondbacks

Reports indicate that the Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Torey Lovullo as their new manager

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Torey Lovullo is the Arizona Diamondbacks new manager, according to multiple reports which indicate that the team has hired him.

Lovullo was considered a favorite for the job once the team hired Mike Hazen as its general manager. Hazen had been the general manager of the Boston Red Sox prior to joining the Diamondbacks, and Lovullo has been the bench coach for the Red Sox for years, as well as having been the team’s interim manager at the end of 2015 when John Farrell was out due to surgery.

Lovullo is a former major league infielder who was considered one of the top managerial candidates in baseball. The Diamondbacks have had a lack of stability in the front office in recent years, and the Dave Stewart/Tony LaRussa pairing from the past couple of years was a well-chronicled disaster. Hazen and Lovullo would seem to represent a significant upgrade, and Arizona may be transitioning into a competent organization now.

UPDATE -- As SBillingsley points out in the comments, Lovullo was also one of the candidates the Rangers interviewed for their vacant managerial job after the 2014 season, before hiring Jeff Banister.