PHOENIX (AP) – With just over a week in the season and his team, which has the worst record in the major leagues with 48-104, Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was given a contract extension by one year until 2022.
The deal announced on Thursday includes a club option for 2023, according to General Manager Mike Hazen.
“In all the season has gone on, Torey did a good job of keeping the guys going … even in a season where we might have the worst franchise record,” said Hazen.
Arizona lost 14 of 17 on Thursday and was level with Baltimore.
Lovullo, 56, was a Boston bank coach from 2013-2016, serving as interim manager for the final two months of the 2015 season while John Farrell was under treatment for lymphoma. Lovullo replaced Chip Hale as Arizona’s manager after the 2016 season and was named NL Manager of the Year in 2017 when the Diamondbacks won 93-69, defeated Colorado in the NL wildcard game and defeated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division became series.
Arizona slipped to 82-80 the following season, climbing to 85-77 in 2019, and to 25-35 in the 2020 season shortened by the pandemic.
Lovullo was renewed for two years in January 2019, which ran until the 2021 season. His new deal includes a club option for 2023.
“I’m the one who set the course we wanted to go,” said Hazen. “I am not a martyr. I have to be honest about where things have gone. “
The Diamondbacks were the worst 51-111 in 2004, The Diamondbacks were the worst 51-111 in 2004, The Diamondbacks were the worst 51-111 in 2004
Arizona set a team record for losses of 51-111 in 2004.
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