The White Sox named Joe McEwing, Mark Parent and Jeff Manto as coaches on first-year manager Robin Ventura's staff on Monday.
McEwing, 39, who managed at AAA Charlotte this past season, replaces Jeff Cox as the Sox third-base coach. Parent, the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies' AA team at Reading, Pa., will be Ventura's bench coach. And Manto, 47, a former hitting coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates, replaces Greg Walker in that position for the Sox after serving as the Sox' minor league hitting instructor the last four seasons.
Pitching coach Don Cooper, who signed a four-year extension at the end of the season; first-base coach Harold Baines, bullpen coach Juan Nieves, bullpen catcher Mark Salas and coach Mike Gellinger are back from former manager Ozzie Guillen's coaching staff.
Like Ventura, Parent and McEwing are former major league players who have not coached or managed in the majors. Because Ventura hasn't managed, most observers believed Ventura would have an experienced manager as his bench coach.
Minor league veteran Mike Spidale, a former White Sox draft pick, played for Parent, 50, at Reading this past season.
"I wouldn't say anyone was intimidated by him but he can be intimidating if he needs to be,'' Spidale said. "He's a big guy, about 6-5. If he says something you're going to listen -- he commands respect. At the same time, he knows how to keep the mood loose in the clubhouse. After a tough loss he'd come in and say something funny, hang with us to let us know, 'hey I'm with you guys, way to battle.' ''