The White Sox are choosing a new manager despite the possibility that the World Series goes into the weekend.
According to MLB.com and ESPN, Pedro Grifol, a former Royals bench coach, will take over as the Red Sox manager.
In addition to having health concerns, the former manager Tony La Russa failed to lead a team that was expected to contend for a championship.
The Boston Red Sox had baseball’s 7th highest payroll in 2022, one spot ahead of the AL pennant-winning Houston Astros.
Of the six teams with open managerial positions, the Sox are the latest to select a new skipper.
The favored candidate was still serving as a World Series head coach, which was assumed to be the cause of the delay.
True, but According to sources, Astros bench coach Joe Espada, who had an interview with the organization before the World Series, has been eliminated.
Additionally, the organization decided against hiring former Sox manager Ozzie Guillén, bench coach for the Phillies Kevin Long, and third base coach for the Braves Ron Washington.
In his playoff press conference, Sox General Manager Rick Hahn stated that a key component of what the front office is seeking for is “recent experience in the dugout with an organization that has challenged for championships.” The last ten years have been spent in the Kansas City organization by Grifol, the Royals’ bench coach, including coaching catchers during their 2015 championship.
Before that, he was director of minor league operations for the Seattle Mariners. The Sox are expected to announce the hire this week.