Sox announce John Farrell will be back as manager and Torey Lovullo bench coach for 2016.
— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) October 4, 2015
Lovullo, who had been with the Red Sox as a coach since 2013, took over for Farrell on August 11, when news broke that the Boston skipper was suffering from lymphoma. The likable Lovullo has guided the Sox to a 28-16 record in his first 44 games at the helm, and the team’s marked improvement under his watch seemed to make him a candidate for a managerial position next season. Boston’s young and emerging core of players began blossoming under Lovullo. Lovullo never openly campaigned for his friend Farrell’s job, but many expected him to leave the Red Sox to seek his first big league managing job next year. Under the terms of Lovullo’s two-year extension, he will not be able to pursue a managerial job this offseason. If Farrell’s health remains an issue, Lovullo will likely remain the manager of the Red Sox.
Farrell’s place as Red Sox manager seemed to be in question before his diagnosis. Over the past two seasons, the team is just 121-158 with the former big league pitcher calling the shots. By making this announcement today, the Red Sox can head into the offseason without a potentially awkward situation surrounding their manager clouding the franchise. Since winning the World Series in 2013, the Red Sox have struggled to return to the playoffs. With one less distraction out of the way, the Red Sox can turn their focus to revamping their roster over the winter and returning to championship form. Farrell and Lovullo have been together since 2011, and will continue to pair up to bring another World Series title back to Boston.