Torey Lovullo, 46, was the fourth candidate to interview with the Sox, arriving at Fenway Park early today then meeting with reporters later in the day. The Toronto first base coach made a good impression, presenting a clear picture of what kind of manager he would be.
“If I do get this opportunity, I can assure of one thing. I’ll be passionate. I will not be outworked. I’ll be prepared,” Lovullo said. “I’ll try to set forth my vision, a team that will go out each and every day and give 100 percent of their effort for what they have at that given moment.
“A team that will have relentless at-bats and will continue to have relentless at-bats. A team that will be able to execute pitch to pitch and play fundamental, smart baseball.”
Lovullo has nine years of managerial experience in the minors, the first nine with Cleveland. When the Indians passed him over to become their manager in 2009, he joined the Red Sox and managed Class AAA Pawtucket in 2010.
Lovullo said that experience helped him get a sense of what managing the Red Sox might be like.
“I was exposed to Red Sox Nation and it’s real. You don’t know exactly what it’s like until you’re a part of it,” Lovullo said “It’s a pretty spectacular place. Does that give me a leg up on the competition? I’m not certain. I feel very comfortable with the surroundings, the people and their concepts.”
The idea of his first job being in Boston does not shake Lovullo.
“Who’s to say when the time is right? Who’s to say the guy is right?” he said. “I worked a long time to get this opportunity. I worked a long time in this game and had some great mentors as managers that I played for. … I feel like I’m ready.”
Along with Lovullo, the Red Sox have interviewed Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin, Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum and Indians bench coach Sandy Alomar Jr. Tigers third base coach Gene Lamont is scheduled to interview tomorrow.
General manager Ben Cherington does not expect to add any other candidates. The Sox hope to have a manager in place before Thanksgiving.
Lovullo, Cherington said, did well with the interview.
“How he would transfer the skills that we know he has to this particular job. He’s a passionate guy who cares about players. He’s creative, smart, hard-working and he’s a guy we already know we can work with effectively,” Cherington said. “Today was about trying to put that in a major league context.”
Lovullo is greatly influenced by Blue Jays manager John Farrell, the former Red Sox pitching coach. He also is comfortable with the idea of Cherington and the baseball operations department being involved in strategic decisions.
“The best relationships that are formed are ones where you can have a give-and-take conversation,” he said. “I would certainly welcome their input.”