Indians give Torey Lovullo second interview
Torey Lovullo wants a chance to manage the
“I’m familiar with the setting,” Lovullo said Friday, after interviewing a second time with general manager Mark Shapiro. “This team is a lot further along than some might believe.”
Unlike Valentine, fresh from a six-year stint managing in Japan, Lovullo emphasized his desire to take the job if it’s offered to him.
“I have prepared for this and am ready,” he said, adding that playing for seven different managers in eight seasons, including Terry Francona, helped mold his managerial philosophies.
Francona guided the Boston
“What you really learn is what not to do,” Lovullo said. “You learn from them all, but Terry’s ability to communicate and relate to players is special.”
Francona was a special assistant to Shapiro between jobs in Philadelphia and Boston.
Lovullo managed 35 players at Triple-A Columbus who played this year for Eric Wedge, who was fired with six games left in his seventh season as Cleveland manager.
The constant shuttle was caused by injuries and poor play by the
Some players sent down told Lovullo they had lost confidence after being yanked in and out of the lineup or moved from position to position.
“I like to get a lineup and try not to change it,” Lovullo said. “I’m big on team chemistry. I want players to know I have their back, that they can play relaxed and comfortable. … But I expect an effort every day. This team can look different, act different and play different.”
Better relief pitching would be a welcome change.
When Cleveland won the
“The biggest challenge to an
Lovullo thinks he can get the team to start better than the 11-21 record it had by mid-May.
“The last few days of spring training, you have to change the mindset and prepare as if it is already opening day,” Lovullo said. “I’d like to take the team on a three-day trip, like we were going on the road.”
Lovullo made his major-league debut with Detroit in 1987. He also played for the New York
He became an
He was manager of the year in 2004 at Class A Kinston (N.C.) and again in 2005 at Double-A Akron, where he guided the Aeros to an 84-58 record and the Eastern League championship.