The Chicago White Sox have a long-standing history of doing things the wrong way. It looked like they were changing the course after the 2020 and 2021 seasons as they were one of the best teams in the league with a new budding core.
However, Tony La Russa was always a terrible hire for them and he ended up doing much worse than even the biggest skeptics would have thought. In 2022, it was so bad that they ended up missing the postseason entirely.
La Russa officially left the organization after the season was over and that led to the need for a new manager. Well, after a few weeks of waiting around for the announcement despite tons of rumors, they finally made a decision.
On Tuesday, it came out that the White Sox were hiring Pedro Grifol to be the new manager. It is an interesting hire as the White Sox almost never veers away from someone who has been with the organization before. He is smart analytically and has earned this type of job promotion.
The Chicago White Sox needs to set Pedro Grifol up for success right away.
Grifol was previously with the Kansas City Royals organization. His final job with them was as a bench coach where he started to become a good candidate to be an MLB manager. He was with the 2014 and 2015 squads that made back-to-back World Series appearances which included a championship.
It should be interesting to see if he is able to live up to his knowledge and experience as a first-time manager.
A big key to this is the front office helping him out. They don’t need to keep bad players anymore to keep the manager happy. Grifol is going to want good players and the front office needs to help provide him with that.
We know the players that are there like Luis Robert, Tim Anderson, Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, Dylan Cease, and Andrew Vaughn amongst others. Those guys are all capable of being great but need more help and guidance.
Grifol shouldn’t have to rely on Leury Garcia for much. He shouldn’t need to have infielders playing in the corners of the outfield. He should be given a hitting coach that will stop the roster from hitting singles over and over again. All of these things can help him win.
It is on the front office to make this a good transition for the new manager. If he is set up for failure, he will fail. Hopefully, Rick Hahn and his staff realize this and don’t wait around to make moves.