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White Sox coaching staff all but set

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Daryl Van Schouwen

With no experience on his resume, Robin Ventura will be formally introduced as manager of the White Sox at a press conference Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field. With no major-league coaching experience, Mark Parent and "Super Joe" McEwing are expected to be named to two of the most important positions on Ventura's staff.

Parent, 50, a manager for the Philadelphia Phillies' AA team in Reading, Pa., would be Ventura's right-hand man as bench coach, a source said. McEwing, an energetic 38-year old who probably received consideration from general manager Ken Williams for the manager's job, will coach third base. McEwing managed the Sox AAA team at Charlotte this season.

Jeff Manto, the organization's roving hitting instructor, is believed to be the leading candidate to replace Greg Walker as hitting coach. Manto has major-league experience, as the Pittsburgh Pirates' hitting coach in 2006 and '07.

Manto was a .230 hitter with 31 homers and 97 RBI in parts of nine big-league seasons. Four of his homers came on consecutive at-bats, which tied a major league record.

AAA hitting coach Tim Laker has also been considered for the hitting coach job.

Ventura played with McEwing, a nine-year career utility man, on the New York Mets in 2000 and '01. He never played with Parent, a 13-year backup catcher in the majors. The two shared the same agent as players.

Manto and McEwing are both from the small town of Bristol, Pa.

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What is it going to take to get rid of the Jerry R. Kenny W. Show? With people available like Francona and others why in the devil would the Sox hire a guy who has never even managed a little league team is everyone in the Sox organization brain damaged? Don't get me wrong I have been watching Robin Ventura since he was in college. I watched his career blossom and I think he was a great ballplayer who honestly owned third base when he played for the Sox. It was very difficult to replace him when he was gone. (Wasn't there a guy named Crede?) However playing the game and managing players is a different story. He may be great but I would have rather seen him receive some managerial experience at some of the lower levels like other people who aspire to manage. There is something to be said for moving someone too fast or too slow. The biggest problem with Chicago teams seem to be that they are not interested in quality because it costs too much money. Otherwise why would you trade most of the 2005 championship team away and make us wait another 40 or so years for another winner? Jerry sell the team to someone who is willing to pay for quality; If Robin doesn't work out don't ruin the guys' life because he wasn't equipped for the job in the first place. If he is successful don't dump on the guy either because you refuse to pay for quality players like you did Ozzie. While you are at it, please, please get rid of that arrogant K. Williams. He dosen't have a d--- thing to be smug about.... Any team who would trade Frank T. Magglio O, Joe C. Jim T., Carlos L. A. Rowan, etc...needs a change in management from bottom up and the top down. The Jerry R. and Kenny W. show has gotta go and soon...

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