The Chicago White Sox are currently in search of a new manager after parting ways with Rick Renteria. With the young, up and coming White Sox in search of a leader for their squad, who may be an option for Skipper? From experienced managers to fresh meat, there are many routes the South Siders could take.
The Houston Astros cut ties with manager AJ Hinch after the league handed him a one-year suspension for his role in the Astro’s sign-stealing incident. Although the scandal will always hold a dark gray cloud over Hinch, what is to say he did not learn from it?
Hinch is only three seasons removed from winning a World Series in Houston. As a manager he holds a record of 570-452, spending one season with the Arizona Diamondbacks and four seasons with the Astros. If the White Sox are ready to win now, Hinch is their guy.
Tony La Russa is regarded as one of the greatest managers in MLB history. He has won three World Series titles as a manager spanning over three different decades (1989,2006,2011). La Russa’s managing career started in 1979 with the White Sox and came to a halt in 2011 with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Now, this may seem like a longshot, but reports have said the White Sox do intend to reach out to La Russa. The Hall of Fame manager would be a great short-term addition to a young White Sox team. If La Russa is indeed an option for the White Sox it would be in their best interest to pull the trigger and bring him to the south side.
Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa is the #WhiteSox's No. 1 candidate to manage their club. The big question is whether he's willing to come out of retirement. If La Russa decides to stay put, they likely turn to former #Astros manager A.J. Hinch. https://t.co/yL9D8Uv2Vo
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 13, 2020
Why not go young when you are young? A.J. Pierzynski could be the man they are looking for. As a former member of the 2005 championship White Sox team, many fans admire him still. Although Pierzynski has no experience, it could be a similar situation to what the Cubs did; add a young former player that can still get in touch with the younger guys, then hope for the best.
He may not be the best option available, but he is one of the better storylines. If they were to go with Pierzynski and things worked out, no one would be upset.
Another member of the Astros sign-stealing coaching staff is still looking for a job. Alex Cora has a championship as a manager and bench coach. One thing the White Sox lack is championship experience. Cora brings two things to the table for the next place he goes, championship experience and a chip on his shoulder. That chip may be self-inflicted, but he will be out to prove he can win without a scandal.
Although Cora is another longshot manager if the White Sox reach out to Hinch it would not hurt to kick tires on Cora. Give the man a chance to prove himself in Chicago.
Joe McEwing is the safe choice for the Chicago White Sox. McEwing has been the bench coach for the White Sox since 2012 and had previously interviewed for the manager position. The man that has been waiting in the shadows may be the best direction the White Sox can take. McEwing has served his time, and now is the time to give him a promotion before another team swoops in and takes him.
There are many options out there for the Chicago White Sox to fill their manager vacancy with. From a development standpoint, La Russa is the best option. He has been around the league longer than a lot of players have been on earth, he brings plenty of experience to help push the Sox over the hump.
From a win now standpoint either Hinch or Cora would be a safe choice as they have both won titles recently. From a logical standpoint, go with your guy McEwing. He has been a member of the Sox for almost a decade and has earned the job. There is no need to look further than what they have.
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