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10/30/09 11:31 AM ET
Lovullo interested in joining Acta's staff
Triple-A manager would like to be a coach for Tribe
By Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- Torey Lovullo didn't get the managerial job he wanted, but he still hopes to get the call up to the big leagues. Lovullo, the manager of the Indians' Triple-A affiliate in Columbus, was one of three finalists to formally interview for the Tribe's managerial vacancy, before the job went to Manny Acta earlier this week. Now, as Acta begins the process of talking to potential members of his coaching staff, Lovullo is hoping to be considered for a position on the bench or the bases. "I'm not sure exactly what direction they're going in," Lovullo said. "But I would be honored if I did have that opportunity." The official word from the Indians is that they are considering many candidates, both internal and external, for Acta's coaching staff. Acta is serving as an analyst for FOX Sports' Spanish-language coverage of the World Series, so it could be another week or so before real headway is made. The internal candidates could include Lovullo and his Columbus coaches -- pitching coach Scott Radinsky and hitting coach Jon Nunnally. Double-A manager Mike Sarbaugh is another possibility. It is unclear whether the Indians are considering any of the dismissed members of Eric Wedge's coaching staff to round out Acta's staff. Two members of that staff have already landed elsewhere, as Derek Shelton was named hitting coach of the Rays, and Jeff Datz was named bench coach of the Orioles. Pitching coach Carl Willis, first-base and infield coach Luis Rivera, third-base and catchers coach Joel Skinner and bullpen coach Chuck Hernandez are all still looking for work. As for Lovullo, his inclusion among the final candidates for the managerial post was a bit of a surprise, because the Indians, going into the interview process, weren't expected to promote from within. And in hiring Acta, they did, indeed, go outside the organization to hire a manager for the first time since 1990. Still, Lovullo felt he was given a fair chance to express himself and his beliefs. He said he was grateful for that opportunity. "I'm part of player development, and we have our own process, as a group," Lovullo said. "For one day, I was able to step outside of that and talk about my own personal philosophies." In his meeting with reporters following the interview, Lovullo made pointed remarks about his plans for getting the Tribe off to a stronger start out of Spring Training and using more of a set lineup, thereby addressing two areas in which Wedge often drew criticism. The 44-year-old Lovullo has spent eight years managing in the Indians' system, including the last four years at the Triple-A level. He feels he's ready to ascend. "It's what motivates me every day," he said. "It's something I still dream about. Hopefully one day, I can make that happen. I learned from a lot of great people, and I feel like I'm absolutely ready." In the meantime, Lovullo said he is more than willing to work under Acta. And because of his knowledge of an Indians roster loaded with players he helped groom at Buffalo and Columbus, he believes he could be a good fit for Acta's staff. "I could probably fill a lot of gaps, as to what Manny might not know at this point," Lovullo said. "In time, he's going to know the players well, but I could give him a little insight about their strengths and weaknesses. That might be the biggest thing at this point."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.