THE STORY ON TOREY
The Boston Red Sox surprised at least one guy when they named Torey Lovullo as the replacement for Ron Johnson as manager of the PawSox. I fully expected them to promote from within, but true to Sox form, they went out and hired the best man available. Lovullo (pronounced luh VELL oh) has been managing in the Indians organization, most recently in Columbus. I won’t profess that I know him really well, but what I do know, I like very much. He has always treated me, as a visiting broadcaster very well. I had the opportunity to speak to him on Tuesday to congratulate him on his new job and welcome him to the family. Understandably, Torey was excited. “I couldn’t be happier to be a part of this organization. The Boston Red Sox are a class act, run by class people.” Although he is new to the PawSox, he is certainly no stranger to McCoy Stadium. “The PawSox are run so well, they really couldn’t be any better. I always enjoyed coming to Pawtucket as a visitor and now I really look forward to calling it home.” Torey Lovullo has history with several key members of the organization. In 1999 he played for the Phillies and then-manager Terry Francona. He also worked with Boston pitching coach John Farrell and Director of Player Development Mike Hazen while with the Cleveland chain. This reunion is exciting for Lovullo. “I played for Tito and John and Mike and I go way back. It is very exciting to join such a great group of guys and such a fine organization.” PawSox fans probably won’t get their first glimpse of Lovullo in person, until January. Torey said he expected to be at McCoy for the annual Hot Stove gathering, but nothing was etched in stone, just yet. “It’s a busy time with the Holidays and my kids, but I am really looking forward to getting there to meet everyone.” While the Sox haven’t yet made a splash in the free agent market or trade arena, the seem to have hit a home run in naming Torey Lovullo the manager of the PawSox.