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REPORT: Chicago Cubs to interview Torey Lovullo next week


Boston Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo will interview next week with the Chicago Cubs, according to FOX Sports and MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal.

Lovullo will likely be the final candidate after the Detroit Tigers named Brad Ausmus to replace Jim Leyland earlier today.

Feb 17, 2013; Fort Myers FL, USA; Boston Red Sox bench coach

Torey Lovullo

(17) poses during photo day at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Lovullo marks the seventh known candidate to interview for the job – joining the aforementioned Ausmus, Manny Acta, A.J. Hinch, Dave Martinez, Rick Renteria, and Eric Wedge.

The 48-year-old is currently the Red Sox bench coach, after serving as the first-base coach of the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2011-12 season. He also served as a manager for the Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate, Pawtucket for the 2010 season finishing in fourth place in the Northern Division of the International League with a 66-78 record.

The University of California, Los Angeles product, made his managerial debut in the Cleveland Indians organization in the 2006 season at then Triple-A Buffalo. When the organization moved their Triple-A team to Columbus, OH Lovullo followed the club and marked the second time he returned to a club he and played for to serve as manager.

During his playing days, Lovullo played for the Columbus Clippers in 1991 and 1992 when the team was the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. He also spent parts of three seasons with the Buffalo Bisons from 1995-1997.

Lovullo has been interviewed for major league managerial jobs before, in 2005 he was interviewed for the Los Angeles Dodgers job and in 2007 for the Pittsburgh Pirates opening.

Lovullo does not have major league managerial success but does have experience developing young talent. He also comes from Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein’s old team.

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