The White Sox landed their new manager yesterday, agreeing to a contract with Pedro Grifol. The team has yet to officially announce the appointment of the former Royal Bench Head Coach, but USA Today’s Bob Nightingale Tweets They will do it tomorrow.
With Grevill replacing Tony La Russa, the Sox are expected to overhaul their coaching staff. Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that a number of coaches were not asked, and reports last night suggest that Charlie Montoyo was joining the squad as a coach on the bench. The status of Rosa’s bench coach, Miguel Cairo, remains unclear, but some other members are known to be leaving the organization.
Hitting coach Frank Menicino and batting coach Jerry Naron will not return in 2023, Athletic’s James Fegan reports. This also applies to third base coach Joe McEwenge, as first reported by Daryl Van Schoen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Previous reports had indicated that coach Ethan Katz and his assistant coach Kurt Hassler would be retained. The future of Cairo, assistant hitting coach Howie Clark and first base coach Daryl Boston, has yet to be publicly revealed, but Vegan suggests the departures could surpass Minchino, McEwenge and Naron.
Among the well-known departures, none is more significant than the Minechino. The 51-year-old has been the Southside batting coach for the past three seasons. He also spent two years as a Marlins hitting coach and coached at the Yankees and Chicago farm systems. He has served as a bats coach under Rick Renteria and La Rosa.
The White Sox were a generally successful offensive team during Menechino’s tenure. Dating back to the start of the 2020 campaign, they ranked 9th in scoring and park-adjusted batting (105 wRC+). The 2022 results were more average, with Chicago in 19th place. They ranked 18th with a score of 0.310 on a percentage basis and a deceleration score of 0.387, and only the Tigers made the fewest walks.
As with any coach, Minechino certainly does not deserve all the credit for the club’s above-average success 2020-21 nor all the blame for its disappointing numbers in 2022. However, it is not uncommon for the new manager to make some adjustments to the coaching staff, And it seems likely that Sox will hope a new voice can convince a more patient offensive approach. Chicago’s roster is built around a number of aggressive hitters, but the team finished with the second-highest rate of court chases outside the strike zone while being close to average on court pitches within the zone.
Turning to other staff changes, both McEwing and Narrow are longtime senior coaches in the league. McEwing has coached for the Sox since 2008 and has been a member of the MLB team since 2012. He spent a few years as a bench coach between third base coaching spells. Naron was previously a bench coach for Arizona and Boston. He has been on the Chicago staff for the past two seasons.
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