No big surprises on the White Sox’s part. The names rumored to be filling out manager Robin Ventura’s coaching staff are no longer rumored. Mark Parent, Jeff Manto, and Joe McEwing have been added to the White Sox clubhouse.
Mark Parent will replace Joey Cora as bench coach. Parent was the manager of the Class AA Philadelphia Phillies squad in Reading, PA.
Joe McEwing will replace Jeff Cox as third base coach. McEwing spent last season managing at AAA Charlotte.
Jeff Manto replaces the Braves newest hiring, Greg Walker, as hitting coach. Manto is the former hitting coach for the Pirates and served for four years as a hitting instructor in the White Sox minor league system.
Manto may be the one under the most scrutiny, even more so than Ventura. It will be up to Manto to hopefully fix Gordon Beckham, Alex Rios, and Adam Dunn. Manto told the Chicago Sun-Times, “Statistics are all by-products of good approach. I want to create a dialogue to change the thought process as to what they are doing.”
The lack of experience doesn’t scare general manager Kenny Williams one bit. Williams said, “Many of the men who are no longer here got their first major-league coaching experience in 2004 and it didn’t take them long to become very good at their jobs.”
Most importantly, this new set of coaches won’t be bothering Kenny Williams for contract extensions in August and they can focus on baseball. Will the hitters take this new batch of coaches of seriously though? We will have to wait and see.