Monday, October 10, 2011
Source: White Sox adding to staff
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- The White Sox will name Mark Parent and Joe McEwing to the coaching staff of new manager Robin Ventura, a source indicated Monday.
Parent will be Ventura's bench coach and right-hand man, said the major league source with knowledge of the White Sox's thinking, while McEwing will be the third-base coach.
Still to be decided is the hitting coach to replace Greg Walker. The source indicated the White Sox are still deciding between minor league hitting coordinator Jeff Manto and Triple-A Charlotte hitting coach Tim Laker, with Manto believed to be the lead candidate.
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 16 seasons.
The two reportedly used the same agent, John Boggs, when they were players.
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 Class A Lakewood to the South Atlantic League title.
The White Sox will stay in the organization in naming McEwing as the third-base coach to replace Jeff Cox. He has spent the last four seasons with the White Sox, managing Triple-A Charlotte this past season. Known as a people person, McEwing also can 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 search for a hitting coach also likely will remain in-house with Manto or Laker. The two are said to both be valued members of the organization, with Manto taking the more cerebral approach to hitting, while Laker tends to incorporate an equal part mental and fundamental approach to his instruction.
The new White Sox hitting coach will take over a group that was largely disappointing. Adam Dunn and Alex Rios were two of the biggest disappointments in baseball, while Gordon Beckham regressed offensively for the second consecutive season.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com. ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine contributed to this report.