Tuesday, October 11, 2011
White Sox coaching decisions still on hold
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO –The White Sox will wait another day or two before making their coaching staff official.
Former major leaguer and Philadelphia Phillies minor-league manager Mark Parent is expected to be the bench coach, while Triple-A Charlotte manager Joe McEwing is expected to be the third-base coach.
Hat leaves hitting coach which is believed to be down to Jeff Manto and Tim Laker. Manto, the organization’s roving minor-league hitting instructor is believed to be the favorite over Laker, the club’s Triple-A hitting coach.
The White Sox intend to share duties, though. General manager Kenny Williams said Tuesday that no matter who gets the hitting coach job, first-base coach Harold Baines and new manager Robin Ventura will help with hitting instruction.
McEwing might be in charge of the infielders, while Baines works with the outfielders, but other coaches will provide assistance in those areas.
“With the names we’re talking about internally, it will fit together such that Harold will be putting more time into the mental side of some of our hitters’ approaches,” Williams said. “He was pretty good at it and remains a valuable asset in that area. But he will take a greater role along those lines, as will Robin. That’s what I meant by a coaching staff that will work together. It’s all intertwined, not just on one guy to solve the problems of our hitters.”
And while former manager Ozzie Guillen focused solely on the 25-man roster, Ventura’s role will be more wide ranging. But Williams cautioned to not look too deeply into that difference.
“See, I have an answer for you but I am very cognizant of what people want to make of the relationship that Ozzie and I have had in the past or my feelings,” Williams said. “So when I answer a question along the lines of what we have done in the past and what we’re going to change, people will turn that into something that’s an indictment. I don’t want to do that.
“I would just focus on what we’re going to do moving forward. Robin will be very involved in every aspect whether it be player development and offseason conversation with the players, the coaches, the scouts, everything. That’s just baseball and the way we like to do things. It’s an all inclusive style of management.”