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White Sox announce coaching staff under La Russa

Field Level Media
02 Dec 2020, 05:19 GMT+10

The Chicago White Sox announced the team's coaching staff under new manager Tony La Russa, who has been in the spotlight for a DUI charge stemming from an incident in February.

Pitching coach Ethan Katz, bench coach Miguel Cairo, assistant hitting coach Howie Clark and analytics coordinator Shelley Duncan all are new to the White Sox. They will join holdovers in third-base coach Joe McEwing, first-base coach Daryl Boston, hitting coach Frank Menechino and assistant pitching coach Curt Hasler. McEwing had been the bench coach since 2017.

The changes have come after Rick Renteria was fired as White Sox manager on Oct. 12 following the team's elimination by the Oakland Athletics in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

The hiring of La Russa alone made waves since the 76-year old had not managed a game since 2011. He was manager of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996-2011, while also managing the Athletics (1986-95) and the White Sox (1979-86). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013.

While La Russa was charged with DUI in Arizona on Feb. 24, the case was not filed until Oct. 28. The White Sox announced his hiring Oct. 29.

La Russa also pleaded guilty to DUI in Florida in 2007 when he was the Cardinals' manager.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday that La Russa has a change-of-plea hearing in the most recent case set for Dec. 21.

--Field Level Media

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