You see, Lovullo is a guy that buys in big time to sabermetrics. He is probably one of the brightest minds in the game. This year Lovullo served as bench coach to Boston Red Sox skipper John Farrell as they won the World Series. The Sox think so highly of him that they are reluctant to allow him to leave the organization.
Theo Epstein of the Cubs loves this guy and it is reported that he wants him as his manager in Chicago. Unfortunately for Epstein, the Red Sox organization may not allow him to interview for the position, which might stem from bad blood between the organizations after Epstein left the Sox for the Cubs a few years ago. There are conflicting reports, some say ing that Epstein is restricted from purging the Red Sox organization of personnel due to a contractual agreement made when he moved from Boston to Chicago. So it's up in the air whether the Reports Bosox are willing to allow Lovullo to interview for the Cubs vacancy. Most of the time organizations don't step in the way of career advancement opportunities, but his may be an exception.
(The same thing happened when the Dodgers hired Colletti from the Giants in 2005. The new Dodger G.M. wanted to interview Giants bench coach Ron Wotus for the Dodgers managerial vacancy. The Giants stepped in and did not allow the interview to take place).
Lovullo, was a journeyman utility player during his playing career that saw some major league service time with the Tigers, Yankees, Angels, Mariners, A’s, Indians and Phillies. He cut his teeth in the managerial ranks in the minors with the Indians and Red Sox organizations. He was Toronto's first base coach prior to his year in Boston. Lovullo is a hot commodity in the baseball scene right now.
|In 1993, Lovullo had 409 plate appearances in 109 games with the Angels where he played mostly at second base.|