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Pedro Grifol Has Touching Reason Behind New White Sox Number

Tyler Maher
New Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol explains how he picked his number.
New Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol explains how he picked his number. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Baseball fans don't pay much attention to managers' numbers, largely because they rarely wear their uniforms in the dugout. Managers tend to favor comfort instead, often preferring sweatshirts or other athleisure to traditional jerseys.

Even so, new Chicago White Sox manager Pedro Grifol has a thoughtful reason for how he picked his number.

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Grifol, who previously coached for the Kansas City Royals, will wear No. 5 in honor of fellow coach and Royals legend George Brett. The two briefly worked together as coaches in 2013 before Brett was promoted to vice president of baseball operations.

While Grifol and Brett no longer work together, Chicago's new skipper will try to channel some of Brett's greatness as a player. Brett enjoyed a Hall of Fame career with the Royals from 1973-1993, winning an MVP, a World Series and three batting titles as one of the best third basemen of all time.

Grifol has his work cut out for him, as the White Sox are coming off a disappointing 81-81 campaign in 2022. He'll try to help elevate a talented roster that underperformed last year, as evidenced by the team's +2200 odds to win the World Series next season on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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