The search for a new manager has begun for the Chicago White Sox.
After falling short of the postseason on the heels of a 93-win season in 2021, Tony La Russa announced that he would not be returning to the team in 2023.
And thus began the process of trying to find a new manager.
According to reports from Jesse Rogers of ESPN, the White Sox already have a few candidates in mind to fill the void.
Today, they’ll be interviewing Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada.
Rogers also revealed that the White Sox have reached out to Ron Washington, who is currently the third base coach for the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves.
The White Sox are interviewing Astros bench coach Joe Espada in person today in Houston. They've also reached out to Braves third base coach Ron Washington, among others. @JonHeyman first tweeted Sox/Espada interview today.
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) October 12, 2022
White Sox Exploring Managerial Candidates
These are two candidates who could help turn things around on the south side of Chicago.
Washington, like La Russa, has great coaching experience, having managed the Texas Rangers from 2007-2014 and taken them to the World Series in 2010 and 2011.
Espada has been the Astros bench coach since 2018, after serving as a third base coach with the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees.
He also currently manages the Gigantes de Carolina of the Liga de Beisbol Professional Roberto Clemente in winter baseball and had managed the Puerto Rican national baseball team in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
These are two great candidates with some solid coaching experience that could really benefit the White Sox as they try to rebound from a disappointing 81-81 finish.
Espada has been a part of several postseason runs with the Astros and is well-respected around the game.
Washington too has great postseason experience as a manager and a third base coach with the Braves.
We’ll see who the White Sox ultimately decide is the best candidate for the managerial role.