The Chicago White Sox seems to have no direction when it comes to hiring a manager. Now, they are the only team in the league without one as the Texas Rangers, Miami Marlins, and Kansas City Royals have made their hires. The White Sox are the last ones standing.
There have been lots of rumors that suggest all sorts of things. From old White Sox managers to former managers around the league to bench coaches looking for their first job, there have been all sorts of people in consideration.
Well, some new candidates joined the conversation on Monday. Jon Heyman of the New York Post and MLB Network has reported that the White Sox have asked for permission from the New York Yankees to interview Carlos Mendoza who currently serves as their bench coach.
That would certainly be an interesting option. Bench coaches seem to be the hot commodity, especially if they come from a team that has had sustained success over the years. The New York Yankees certainly fit that model.
Carlos Mendoza has been someone that might be able to be a solid manager in this league but it is just surprising that it has come out for the first time this late in the search. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.
The Chicago White Sox won’t stop adding names to their manager candidate list.
Heyman wasn’t done adding names to the list. Pedro Grifol wasn’t named to be the Kansas City Royals coach despite being a highly regarded bench coach in KC. Now, Heyman has reported that the White Sox also hired Grifol for this job. It is wild to hear another name added.
Mendoza and Grifol join a list that includes Ron Washington, Joe Espada, Kevin Long, and Ozzie Guillen amongst others for the job. We have heard that Espada is ruled out already but you never truly know what this team is going to do.
Both Mendoza and Grifol are good options as they are highly regarded future managers. No matter what, we just want the White Sox to hire someone that is going to help them win. It won’t take much to be an upgrade over what they had in 2022.