After a disappointing season, the Chicago White Sox are shaking up their coaching staff. In addition to hiring a new manager (Pedro Grifol), the White Sox are also reportedly bringing in a new hitting coach.
To make the news even sweeter for Chicago, the team is stealing him away from the division rival Kansas City Royals.
Reports suggest the White Sox are hiring Mike Tosar from the Royals to replace Frank Menechino, who had been the team's hitting coach since 2020. Grifol is also coming from Kansas City after serving as the bench coach there, so it makes sense that he wants to bring his hitting coach along with him.
Tosar will try to help improve a Chicago lineup that struggled with working the count and hitting for power last season. The White Sox ranked second-to-last in the American League in walks and had the sixth-worst slugging percentage, which partly explains why the club went 81-81.
While the Royals weren't an offensive juggernaut either, perhaps a new set of eyes and a fresh perspective can help Chicago's lineup get back on track. The White Sox have too many good hitters to perform like they did last year, so something needed to change.