The Red Sox on Friday named Torey Lovullo as bench coach. Lovullo has several ties to new manager John Farrell going back to 1993 when they both played for the California Angels.
Lovullo joined the Indians as a minor league coordinator in 2001. Farrell joined that organization in 2002 as the director of player development. That was the first of eight seasons Lovullo spent managing in the Cleveland system.
In 2010, when Farrell was in his final season as the Red Sox pitching coach, Lovullo managed Triple A Pawtucket. Lovullo then accompanied Farrell to Toronto as his first base coach.
Lovullo also handled Toronto’s defensive positioning.
Lovullo, 47, played parts of eight seasons with the Tigers (1988-89), Yankees (1991), Angels (1993), Mariners (1994), Athletics (1996), Indians (1998) and Phillies (1999). Primarily a second baseman, he hit .224 with 15 home runs and 60 RBI in 303 games.
Best little-known fact about Lovullo: His father, Sam Lovullo, was a producer on the television show “Hee Haw.”