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torey lovullo, 1994 Upper Deck CC #179, Angels

Player: Lovullo, Torey

Card: 1994 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice #179

Position: 2B/1B/3B

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Salvatore Anthony "Torey" Lovullo (born July 25, 1965 in Santa Monica, CA) is a former player (1988-1999) and manager in MLB.

Lovullo also served as the first base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2011 to 2012, then as the bench coach for the Boston Red Sox from 2013 until 2016. He also served as Boston's interim manager for the final seven weeks of the 2015 season when his boss, John Farrell, stepped aside for successful treatment for lymphoma. His earlier managing career included service in the Cleveland Indians' and Red Sox' farm systems (2002–10).

Torey was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the fifth round of the 1987 Major League Baseball draft and made his Major League debut with the Tigers on September 10, 1988. He also played in the Majors for the New York Yankees, California Angels, Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics and the Indians, and appeared in his final big-league game on October 3, 1999, for the Philadelphia Phillies. After his MLB career ended, Lovullo spent one season in Japan as a member of the Yakult Swallows in 2000.

Lovullo's long minor league playing career – 1,433 games with 1,193 hits, and a batting average of .267 – included extended stays with the Toledo Mud Hens, Columbus Clippers and Buffalo Bisons; he would later return to manage in both Buffalo and Columbus.

During Lovullo's playing career, he had spent all or parts of three seasons (1995; 1997–98) as a player for the Bisons and won two championships: one in the American Association and one in the International League. In 2003, he also had received the highest honor awarded to an alumnus of Buffalo baseball, as he was inducted into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame, alongside his teammate from the 1997 and 1998 championship squads, Jeff Manto.

During his minor league managing career, Lovullo was named "Manager of the Year" in both the Carolina League (2004) and the Eastern League (2005). For the latter season, he also was named Double-A Manager of the Year by Baseball America

Mike Hazen, who had worked with Lovullo with both the Indians and Red Sox, was named the new general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks on October 16, 2016. Almost three weeks later, on November 4, Hazen appointed Lovullo to replace Chip Hale as the Diamondbacks' manager for the 2017 season. In his first season as manager, he guided the team to the postseason, winning the NL Wild Card Game and finishing with a record of 93 wins and 69 losses, a 24-game improvement for the team from 2016. For his efforts, Lovullo was named 2017 National League Manager of the Year.

His son, Nick, is a professional baseball infielder who has played in the minor league system of the Boston Red Sox.

Watch Torey breakdown his team with Mark Derosa on MLB Central in 2019.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1994 Topps #634
1996 Leaf Extended #NA (autographed)


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See more of Torey’s baseball cards at TCDB

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