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White Sox Planning to Hire Exciting Choice for Manager Opening

Larry Rupp
The Chicago White Sox are planning to hire an exciting choice for their manager opening.
The Chicago White Sox are planning to hire an exciting choice for their manager opening. / AP Photos/Charles Rex Arbogast

MLB teams poach free agents from divisional rivals all the time, but it's rare to see it happen with a member of the coaching staff. The Chicago White Sox have found their new manager, though, in longtime Kansas City Royals' coach Pedro Grifol. An announcement is set to come later this week.

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Grifol has been with the Royals since 2013, serving in roles such as quality control coach, catching coach and bench coach. He worked his way up from being a minor league manager to being the director of minor league operations for the Miami Marlins organization before joining Kansas City.

This kind of role has been in the cards for Grifol for a while. He interviewed for a manager spot with the Orioles in 2018, the Giants in 2019, the Tigers in 2020 and the Marlins in 2022. He was even considered for the Royals' manager gig before they opted to hire Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro.

Grifol spent nine seasons as a catcher in the Minnesota Twins and New York Mets organization throughout the '90s. He was never able to crack the major leagues, posting a career slash line of .226/.276/.323 in the minor leagues. Grifol racked up 39 home runs and 273 RBI in 652 games.

Expectations can't bee too high for Grifol considering Chicago's disaster of a 2022 MLB season. The White Sox entered the year as one of the favorites to win the World Series, but failed to even make the playoffs. Manager Tony La Russa eventually stepped down due to health concerns in early October.

The White Sox open the 2023 MLB season against the Houston Astros on March 30.

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