White Sox hire Royals Bench Coach Pedro Grifol as next Manager

Grifol will be the Sox’ 42nd Manager in franchise history
The White Sox celebrate after clinching the American League title after defeating the Cleveland...
The White Sox celebrate after clinching the American League title after defeating the Cleveland Indians 7-2 in the first baseball game of a doubleheader, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)(Tony Dejak | AP)
Published: Nov. 3, 2022 at 3:14 PM CDT
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CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago White Sox say they have hired Kansas City Royals bench coach Pedro Grifol to replace Hall of Famer Tony La Russa as their manager. The White Sox announced the move Thursday after Grifol agreed to take the job earlier in the week. General manager Rick Hahn mentioned in a statement the 52-year-old Grifol’s experience in a variety of coaching and scouting roles at the major and minor league levels. He also cited the fact that Grifol is bilingual and called him a “modern baseball thinker.” The White Sox finished second in the AL Central at 81-81 in 2022 and missed the playoffs after running away with the division in 2021.