White Sox in final steps to fill coach roles

CHICAGO -- In advance of Robin Ventura's introductory press conference Tuesday as Chicago White Sox manager, a major-league source said the club is close to filling vacancies on its coaching staff.

The White Sox have three spots to fill: bench coach, hitting coach and third-base coach.

The White Sox reportedly received permission from the Philadelphia Phillies to talk to their Double-A manager Mark Parent. The 13-year major leaguer is believed to be a candidate for the bench coach role, but he lacks major league coaching experience.

Parent and Ventura never played with each other, but their big-league careers overlapped. Parent's first season in the major leagues was in 1986 and he played 12 seasons with San Diego, Texas, Baltimore, the Cubs, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Philadelphia. Ventura's career began in 1989 and lasted 15 seasons.

Parent has been a manager in the Phillies organization for two seasons. He took Double-A Reading to the playoffs this past season, and in 2010 he guided Single-A Lakewood to the South Atlantic League title.

If Parent gets the job, that would leave two more vacancies on the coaching staff. White Sox Triple-A manager Joe McEwing could end up with one of those. Known as a people person, McEwing can also be stern when he needs to be while still maintaining the respect of those around him.

McEwing, though, is mostly known for his infectious energy which earned him the nickname "Super Joe." He played nine seasons in the major leagues, his last a short stint with the Houston Astros in 2006. He also played for the Cardinals, Mets and Royals.

The final opening is at hitting coach where two in-house candidates are high on the list. White Sox minor league hitting instructor Jeff Manto is believed to be the favorite over Triple-A hitting coach Tim Laker.