New Candidate Emerges For White Sox Manager

Of the seven teams that began the offseason on a search for a new skipper, the Chicago White Sox now have the last remaining managerial opening. And they're still apparently not close to naming a new field boss. According to MLB Insider Jon Heyman, a new name has emerged as a candidate.

Heyman says that the White Sox have received permission to interview New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza for the job. The previously known candidates, Ozzie Guillen, Ron Washington and Joe Espada, says Heyman, are, for whatever reasons, not seen as likely to win the position. 

From Venezuela, the 42-year-old Mendoza has been a coach in the Yankees' system since 2009. He joined the big club in 2017 as an infield coach and has held the bench coach position since November of 2019. He's highly respected in the Yankees clubhouse.

78-year-old Tony La Russa stepped down as White Sox manager near the end of the season after health problems kept him away from the team for a number of weeks, and a series of bizarre and confusing actions on his part throughout the season left the team in disarray. The White Sox came into 2022 as overwhelming favorites to win the AL Central Division, but wound up finishing at .500, 11 games back of the Cleveland Guardians. 

Another controversial former manager, Guillen, is reported to have had two interviews with the team. 

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