Chicago White Sox Choose New Manager

After narrowing the job to two finalists, the Chicago White Sox have made their decision, filling the last field boss opening in the majors. 

According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Kansas City Royals bench coach Pedro Grifol will take over as skipper for White Sox. 

The 52-year-old Grifol has been with the Royals for 10 seasons. He had interviewed for the KC job but they decided to go with another candidateTampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro. 

Grifol is a first-time major league manager and had previously interviewed for managerial openings in Detroit, Baltimore, San Francisco and Kansas City.

Ken Rosenthal reports that a number of White Sox coaches are not being asked back. White Sox interim manager Miguel Cairo had been considered for the opening, as well as New York Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza, Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada and former White Sox mercurial manager Ozzie Guillen.

78-year-old Tony La Russa "stepped down" from the job at the end of a tumultuous season which saw him suffer health problems, as well as making a series of bizarre decisions that came under fire all over the baseball world. 

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