Chicago White Sox manager, Tony La Russa, has officially named a coaching staff.
It was tough to see the Chicago White Sox hire Tony La Russa as their new manager a few weeks after firing Rick Renteria. Renteria clearly wasn’t the best option and La Russa might even be an upgrade but that shouldn’t matter. He hasn’t coached in a very long time and that seems worrisome. It was even worse a few weeks later when it came out that La Russa was in trouble for a DUI charge that he had earlier in 2020.
It just wasn’t a good look for the White Sox but it is something we have to deal with now. He is going to be the manager for at least a year and they better be good. If not he will be gone but it would be a big waste of a year in which they are good enough to win a division. Well, this is his chance to prove he was a good choice.
On Tuesday, the White Sox shared the improved coaching staff that will be there under La Russa. There are some names on there that fans should be excited about. Miguel Cairo is going to be the bench coach. Ethan Katz is going to be the pitching coach. Curt Hasler is the assistant pitching coach. Frank Menechino is going to be the hitting coach. Howie Clark is going to be the assistant hitting coach. Daryl Boston is going to be the first base coach while Joe McEwing is the third-base coach. Finally, Shelley Duncan is the analytics coordinator.
This is a staff that fans can be happy about. Daryl Boston and Joe McEwing have been in that role for a while now. Ethan Katz, as we already knew, is replacing Don Cooper as the pitching coach. He knows Lucas Giolito and was a big factor in helping him turn his career around.
With all of this combined with what we hope is good management from La Russa, it should be a good group. The White Sox have so many talented players on the roster as we speak and it could get even better over the next few weeks. This is an exciting time for fans of this team.