As October rolls on, so does the Chicago White Sox's hunt for a new manager. The position opened up earlier this month when Tony La Russa stepped down due to health concerns. The organization has already interviewed some interesting candidates, with MLB insider Jon Morosi now reporting that two individuals have stuck out above the rest.
Morosi reports that Royals coach Pedro Grifol and Astros bench coach Joe Espada "have impressed White Sox officials in the interview process." He adds that while other candidates "are believed to be involved," the team could potentially reveal its new manager before the end of the month.
White Sox Manager Rumors
It was reported a week ago that Grifol would be interviewing with the White Sox about the managerial position. The 52-year-old former minor-leaguer held several different Royals coaching positions since 2013 and has even been a finalist for other manager roles around the league, including the Royals, Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants.
Espada isn't new to the managerial hiring process either. The Astros bench coach has also been interviewing with the Miami Marlins to be their manager and was a finalist for the New York Mets' opening last offseason before Buck Showalter won the role.
White Sox manager Rick Hahn made it clear that last season's shortcomings were unacceptable. Whoever winds up winning the managerial job will have high expectations placed on their shoulders. Though Espada and Grifol might be new to the job, their decades of experience should help them find success.
The White Sox haven't won a playoff series since their 2005 World Series win. Things must change sooner than later so, hopefully, one of Espada or Grifol is the right man to get the job done.
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