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Torey Lovullo will be John Farrell’s bench coach in Boston

Oct 23, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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John Farrell will be taking Torey Lovullo with him from Toronto to Boston, as Rob Bradford of reports that Lovullo will join the Red Sox’s staff as Farrell’s bench coach.

Lovullo was the first base coach on Farrell’s coaching staff in Toronto for the past two seasons and before that had a stint as the Red Sox’s Triple-A manager. He was also a candidate to replace Terry Francona last offseason before the Red Sox hired Bobby Valentine.

As for the rest of Farrell’s staff, we already know that hitting coach Dave Magadan left Boston to take the same job in Texas and Bradford reports that the Red Sox have told other holdovers from the Valentine regime that they’re free to pursue jobs elsewhere.

  1. paint771 - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    While I still generally hold to the relative unimportance of manager’s (compared to players they might get in compensation), as a Blue Jays fan this has been what I’ve been worried about. I’m confident that AA et al knew they would have a relatively easy time getting a manager in there, either internally or from guys they interviewed and liked when they hired Farrell. But losing a manager means shaking up a lot of staff, and Toronto has some really good baseball people (Lovulla, Butterfield, Wakamatsu, Fasano) that may either follow Farrell or leave if they get passed over in selection of the next manager. Frankly, throughout all this, I could not have cared less about losing Farrell, or even get caught up in next-manager anxiety, but those guys, even two of four of them, would be a damn shame to lose.

    Of course, I’d still rather be us than Boston.

    • cur68 - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:07 PM


    • proudlycanadian - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Aaron goofed when he implied that Luvollo was the bench coach in Toronto. He was the first base coach. Don Wakamatsu was the bench coach. Wakamatsu is a candidate to be the next Jay’s manager.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 23, 2012 at 6:33 PM

        Thank you for the correction Aaron.

  2. paint771 - Oct 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Meanwhile, is it just me, or is Farrell being fairly and seemingly unnecessarily classless throughout this process? His presser today is turning out to be pretty passive aggressive. Again, not our fault your timing sucked. It’s not Toronto’s fault that the Boston job opened up right after you jumped ship, but he seems to feel like Toronto is just the farm team and the “big club” had a sudden opening and he’s pissing in the media about not getting the callup he felt he deserved when he felt he deserved it. Which is kind of insane and self-centered.

    Should fit right in in the Boston managerial job.

    • paint771 - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:09 PM

      Hey, what’s with the thumbs downs? Come on Boston, you should be in a better mood than that. You upgraded your fifth place AL East club with the fourth place AL East manager. You traded up from the worst manager in the division to the second worst! THAT’S ALL UPWARD TRAJECTORY!

  3. jaysjunkie - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I’m glad that we could help out with the “invaluable experience” that Farrell says “allowed me to be that much more prepared here today standing here than maybe would have been the case two years ago”.

    Man, I’m hating Farrell and the Red Sox more and more.

  4. edelmanfanclub - Oct 23, 2012 at 3:19 PM

    Good. Let farrell pick his pitching coach and hitting coach too. Let valentine holdovers leave. The problem last year was half the staff wasn’t valentines choice. So let farrell pick his guys. I guess we may see a new 1st and third base coach as well? A new staff for a new era is good for us

    • rollinghighwayblues - Oct 23, 2012 at 6:58 PM

      I’d really like Ron Johnson to come back as the first base coach. I can’t explain it but he always seemed like a good presence at first base. That, and I like his signature backhanded high-five sorta thing when hitters reach first base.

  5. gerryb323 - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    It’s unclear what the Jays’ compensation for Lovullo will be, but early rumors are that the Red Sox may be forced to take Yunel Escobar.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 23, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      All Blue Jay coaches were told that they were free to look elsewhere if they wanted. This is identical to Red Sox policy as Bobby V’s coaches are also free to look elsewhere..

      • gerryb323 - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:06 PM


      • gerryb323 - Oct 23, 2012 at 11:08 PM

        And my “/sarcasm” didn’t show up in that last post….yay edit function!

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