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Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo to interview this week for Cubs’ managerial opening

Nov 3, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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Now that the World Series has concluded and the champagne-soaked streets of Boston have begun to dry, members of the Red Sox coaching staff can begin adding their names to interview lists for the various managerial vacancies around the majors.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo plans to do just that, interviewing for the Cubs’ opening “most likely early this week” on the north side of Chicago.

Lovullo played for the Tigers, Yankees, Angels, Mariners, Athletics, Indians and Phillies over the course of an eight-year major league playing career and has served as a manager and coach at multiple levels of MLB-affiliated ball since. He was a candidate to become the Dodgers’ manager back in 2006 before Los Angeles opted for Grady Little and he was considered a finalist to become the skipper of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2007 before that gig went to John Russell.

Chicago has already interviewed former Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria, Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and former Nationals manager Manny Acta. Brad Ausmus also interviewed and was thought to be a favorite at one point, but he just agreed to replace Jim Leyland in Detroit.

The Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum at the end of the 2013 regular season after two disappointing years.

  1. ndnut - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    What exactly does a bench coach do? I see them on interview lists and in team publications but I’ve never figured out what their job is.

    • ptfu - Nov 3, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Bench coach can do a lot of different things. Be another pair of eyes and ears for the manager. You can hire a bench coach with a different leadership style or background from the manager, in an effort to reach out to everyone. If a player’s not comfortable going to the manager, or if he’s in the manager’s doghouse, the bench coach can be a useful intermediary.

      The manager can bounce ideas off of, and get suggestions from, the bench coach for in-game strategy–two heads are better than one. And of course the bench coach runs the team in the manager’s absence, whether during practice, a spring training split squad, or when Cowboy Joe West decides to cowboy up. I’m sure there are various day-to-day administrative things the manager delegates to the bench coach too.

    • j0esixpack - Nov 3, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      I’m with ptfu – Bench coach is a pretty strategic position. A good Bench Coach can make or break a team’s ability to play as a team.

      While this move will look like Theo is just mining the Red Sox of resources (I wouldn’t be surprised to see Theo sign a few former Sox) it’s a wise move to consider a proven World Series winning bench coach.

      Lovullo looks to have done a tremendous job in Boston getting his team to play beyond the sum of their parts. That’s something any team should want to have and seems like what the Cubs need.

  2. raiderssuckballz - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    The Cubs need to hire Torey Lovullo so they can start winning!

    • 07bosox - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      First you need a decent team to start winning. The manager does not play 9 innings. He’s only the conductor and decision maker as to who plays when and where.

  3. numbr4stuna - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Why is Jose Oquendo not getting interviews this time around?

  4. 07bosox - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Theo Espstein thinks he’s going to turn around a ball club with a new manager? NOT! You can change a coach till the cows come home, but they can’t do anything unless they have a decent team to work with…the CUBS don’t. If the Cubbies had had a decent ball club, then yes, it might be the manager’s fault they didn’t go anywhere. But, they didn’t in 2013. And, unless they really open the pocketbook this winter, the manager of choice will not be to blame for another poor finish.

    • numbr4stuna - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Stick to cheering for the Red Sox. All Cubs fans know whoever is hired isn’t going to be because the front office thinks he will lead them to the world series this season. He will be someone who knows how to communicate to the youngsters how to play the game. He will be a good teacher and developer. The future of the team is currently in double A and every Cub fan knows that.

  5. hjb4971 - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Let me get this straight, the Two Boston bafoons in the Cubs front office rejected Ryne Sandberg in favor of Dale sveum who had no managerial experience and got fired after two years, while the Phillies hired Sandberg and now made him their Manager. They also could not get a deal done with Joe Girardi who wanted to come to Chicago, then didn’t act quick enough so the Tigers swept Brad Asmus right our from under them, so now they want to settle for another Boston guy with no managerial experience?

    That makes as much sense as trading away your only power hitter (Soriano) and paying his $14 million contract for 2013 AND 2014 while he plays elsewhere. That is just terrible logic. These guys must have trained in some government give away agency like the welfare part of HHS, as all they know how to do is give stuff away! The first thing the Ricketts family needs to do is can these two guys and get a real GM like Dombrowski who signed Prince Fielder right out from under the Cubs and now Brad Asmus as well.

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