The Chicago White Sox are in the process of hiring a new manager for 2023 and beyond. They failed to do anything significant under Tony La Russa so it was a great time to move on. There are a lot of people to consider.
One of the available names that you can cross off the list is Bruce Bochy. He is being hired to be the 20th full-time manager in the history of the Texas Rangers.
After being one of the most active teams in terms of player free agents last season (they added Corey Seager and Marcus Semien for a lot of money), they have their coach for at least a little while. Bochy brings a whole wealth of knowledge to that organization.
Bochy is an all-time great manager for his time. He won the World Series with the San Francisco Giants dynasty in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Even in the years that they didn’t win, they were a model franchise under him that everyone wanted to emulate.
The Chicago White Sox can cross Bruce Bochy off the potential manager list.
Now, after a few years away, he returns to a team that needs some leadership in a lot of different ways. There are also some free agents that his presence could help lure into joining their team when the time is right.
To be honest, this is good news for the Chicago White Sox. A hire like Bruce Bochy would have been a mistake for this group. They already went the route of a retired manager that had success a long time ago and it failed about as miserably as it possibly could.
It is time for the White Sox to take a different approach that isn’t the old-school way of doing things. Everything they have done in that department since letting Ozzie Guillen go has been wrong. Bruce Bochy being hired would have felt like more of the same.
That doesn’t mean that he won’t have success in Texas. They aren’t a franchise that has gone down that road with no success a bunch of times. There are plenty of options out there that fit the needs more for this team more than Bruce Bochy. The first domino has fallen, we’ll see who’s next.