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Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo receives 1-year extension

Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo receives 1-year extension
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo, shown May 16, 2018, replaced Chip Hale as the D-Backs' manager after the 2016 season. File Photo by Art Foxall/UPI | License Photo

Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Despite the club's struggles this season, the Arizona Diamondbacks gave manager Torey Lovullo a one-year contract extension that runs through the 2022 season, the team announced Thursday.

D-Backs general manager Mike Hazen said the extension includes a club option for 2023.

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"Through everything the season has presented, Torey did a good job of getting guys through this, even in a season where we might set a franchise-worst record," Hazen said.

The Diamondbacks (49-104) had lost 14 of their last 17 games before rallying for a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Only the Baltimore Orioles (48-104) have a worse record in MLB.

"I'm humbled and honored," Lovullo said after his team's win over the Braves. "I'm not an idiot. I know what can happen in these circumstances. I couldn't be more grateful for the trust they have in me.

"I'm lying if I said I never thought of [being fired]. Of course I did. These are turbulent waters. I'm not the same manager I was four, five years ago."

Lovullo replaced Chip Hale as the Diamondbacks' manager after the 2016 season and was named National League Manager of the Year in 2017, when Arizona posted a 93-69 record and reached the NL Division Series.

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The Diamondbacks slipped to 82-80 in the next season, then went 85-77 in the 2019 campaign. Arizona had a 25-35 mark during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

The 56-year-old Lovullo was given a two-year contract extension in January 2019 that ran through the 2021 season.

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