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.