The Chicago White Sox began their offseason without a manager after Tony La Russa was forced to vacate the position due to health concerns. Having said that, it hasn't taken the White Sox long to circle in on La Russa's successor, proven by their upcoming interview with an in-demand candidate.
MLB insider Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox will interview Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada on Wednesday. It's going to be a busy day for the coveted 47-year-old, who also has an interview lined up with the Miami Marlins just hours apart.
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Espada has spent the last 12 years in different coaching positions around the league. He was actually with the Marlins from 2010 to 2013 as a minor-league hitting coach and infield coordinator, however, he truly made a mark for himself with the Astros from 2018 until now.
The Astros amassed a 440-268 regular-season record since Espada joined the coaching staff. Houston saw four ALCS and two World Series appearances over that stretch and now has a chance to build on those numbers with the Astros currently being up 1-0 in their ALDS series with the Seattle Mariners.
Although the White Sox made the playoffs in 2020 and 2021, they haven't won a postseason series since their 2005 World Series victory. The Southside fans are some of the most dedicated in baseball, so it's safe to say that the organization could use a manager from a winning background.
The White Sox must give Espada the best pitch possible to win him over. He might be tempted to go back to the Mariners due to his familiarity with the organization, however, he might also be tempted to join a team with exciting players like Luis Robert, Eloy Jiménez and Andrew Vaughn.
Regardless of who the club has behind the bench in 2023, the White Sox need to be certain that he's the right man. After all, the next hiring marks Chicago's fourth manager since the start of the 2016 season.
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