The White Sox expect to bring back their coaching staff. However, Joe McEwing is drawing interest for open managerial positions.
The Chicago White Sox expect to retain their entire coaching staff for next season. But that could all change. As Scott Merkin writes, Joe McEwing, their bench coach, is drawing interest for several open managerial positions. Merkin notes that McEwing lives in Philadelphia and the Phillies are in need of a manger. And so are the rival Tigers, another team who would be familiar with their bench coach.
McEwing’s name has come up before. In 2011 he interviewed for the Cardinals vacancy and did the same in 2014 for the Diamondbacks, Rangers and Twins.
"“My ultimate goal is to manage, but you know, if it happens, it happens. If not, it doesn’t justify who I am as a person or as a baseball mind. If teams call and ask for permission, that would be outstanding, but I don’t actively want to go out there and search for something.”-Joe McEwing, White Sox Bench Coach"
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McEwing started his career with the White Sox in 2008 as the hitting coach for the Charlotte Knights. The following year he managed the Winston-Salem Dash. That season he was named Manager of the Year and Top Managerial Prospect in the South Atlantic League. That led to his promotion to manager of the Knights, then his promotion to third-base coach for Robin Ventura in 2012.
In his first season as bench coach he did a great job working with Rick Renteria. He definitely has helped develop some of the young talent they have. And it will be important this team has a strong coaching staff. There’s no doubt he would make a great manager one day, but let’s hope it’s not right now.