Lovullo gets one year extension to 22 by Diamondbacks | WGN 720 radio



PHOENIX (AP) With just over a week into the season and his team tied for worst major league record at 48-104, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has been granted a one-year contract extension. until 2022.

The deal announced Thursday includes a club option for 2023, according to general manager Mike Hazen.

“Through everything the season has presented, Torey has done a good job of getting the guys through this… even in a season where we could set a worse franchise record,” Hazen said.

Arizona had lost 14 of 17 entries Thursday and was tied with Baltimore.

“I am touched and honored,” Lovullo said after Arizona’s 6-4 win over Atlanta.

“I am not an idiot. I know what can happen under these circumstances. I couldn’t be more grateful for the trust they have in me. I’m lying if I say I never thought about it. Of course I did. These are turbulent waters. I’m not the same manager I was four or five years ago.

Lovullo, 56, was the Boston bench coach from 2013-2016, serving as interim manager for the final two months of the 2015 season, while John Farrell was treated for lymphoma. Lovullo replaced Chip Hale as Arizona manager after the 2016 season and was voted NL manager of the year in 2017, when the Diamondbacks went 93-69, defeated Colorado in the wild game. -card from the NL and were swept away by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Series Divisions.

Arizona slipped to 82-80 the following season, rose to 85-77 in 2019 and 25-35 in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

“It’s a great motivator,” said Madison Bumgarner, who has spent most of her career with manager Bruce Bochy. “He is easy to be around.”

Lovullo got a two-year contract extension in January 2019 which lasted until the 2021 season. His new contract includes a club option for 2023.

“I was the one who charted the course we were going to follow,” Hazen said. “I am not a martyr. I have to be honest where things went.

Arizona set a team record for losses in 2004, going 51-111.

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