Diamondbacks’ decision to keep Torey Lovullo looks like a wise one.

The Diamondbacks were 56 games under .500 on Sept. 23, the day they announced Torey Lovullo would return as manager in 2022, bringing joy to few people outside of Lovullo’s immediate family.

In the clubhouse, however, it was a different story.

“I guess we’re going to keep hanging out together,” outfielder David Peralta told Lovullo last fall after hearing his manager was returning.

Lovullo’s popularity with players was just one reason to bring him back. Among other things, as general manager Mike Hazen detailed at the time, the entire organization, not one man, was responsible for a team that ended up finishing 52-110, and that one of Lovullo’s strengths, working with young players, was just what the Diamondbacks in 2022 needed when they thought their lineup was going to be young.

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