While teams such as the Miami Marlins and Kansas City Royals have already found new managers for the 2023 MLB season, the Chicago White Sox are still searching. There haven't been a lot of details about the top candidates for Chicago's opening, but a new name was revealed on Monday.
According to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, the White Sox have received permission to interview New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza. Mendoza has served in that role for the past three seasons under manager Aaron Boone and was previously a minor league manager, roving instructor and infield coach for New York.
Mendoza, 42, appears to be a good fit for the White Sox on paper. The team struggled last season under the much-older Tony La Russa (78), who had to step away from the team during the season due to medical issues and was replaced by interim manager Miguel Cairo. Chicago has a young, talented roster that would likely respond well to a more youthful manager, especially a Venezuelan one who could help connect with the team's Latino players like Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert and others.
If Mendoza does end up getting the job, he'll be tasked with turning around a White Sox squad that slipped to 81-81 last year after winning 93 games and the AL Central in 2021. While injuries were largely to blame for Chicago's struggles, La Russa's old-school managerial tactics made him a poor fit with the team and may have prevented his players from reaching their full potential.
Mendoza would also look to bring the Yankees' winning culture and attitude to the White Sox, who have not won a playoff series since 2005.